Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Firefighters in Test of State Champions

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Firefighters in Test of State Champions

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QUEENSLAND Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) personnel will battle it out next month in a competition to decide the state's firefighter champions.

The 2011 Queensland Firefighter Championship will be held on August 12 and 13 at the Rockhampton Heritage Village.

This prestigious annual event is a great opportunity for emergency service personnel and members of the local community to see some of our state's best firefighting teams in action.

Teams will perform drills and display their skills to the public, showcasing the teamwork and dedication firefighters display every day as they respond to a range of emergency incidents.

Each team will be judged on their technical capability and performance.

Each activity reflects firefighters' everyday duties and promotes teamwork and skills maintenance.

QFRS Central Region Assistant Commissioner Neil Gallant said firefighter competitions provided firefighters with the opportunity to build stronger teams and come together to learn and practise their skills in a competitive environment.

C[pounds sterling]This competition is a fantastic opportunity for personnel to demonstrate and share what they have learnt from their experiences in a controlled environment,C[yen] Mr Gallant said.

Teams from across the State competing for the state titles are:

Caboolture, Kilcoy, Brookfield, Brisbane Northside Composites, Delroy (NSW), Forbes (NSW), Marburg, Mt Tamborine, Chambers Flat, Hattonvale/Summerholm, Monto, Kawana, Pialba, Gin Gin, Atherton, Malanda, Emu Park, Cawarral Rural, Jandowae, Roma, North Region Composite and Magnetic Island.

This is a great free family day out Co with emergency displays that haven't been seen in Rockhampton.

In conjunction with the Firefighter Championships, QFRS will host the 2011 Safe Communities Expo.

The expo runs over three days from Thursday, August 11, to Saturday, August 13, at the Rockhampton Heritage Village and is free. …

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