Bendigo to host CFA State Champs

By Rodney Woods

The Senior Urban CFA State Championships will be held for the 135th time this weekend.

Held over the Labour Day long weekend, the championships, to be held at Bendigo, will see 50 teams of volunteer firefighters from across Victoria and interstate compete against each other.

Competition will begin Saturday at 8.30am followed by the Opening Ceremony at 9am hosted by local MP Maree Edwards.

Teams will compete in a variety of events involving basic rural firefighting equipment such as tanks, pumps, hoses and ladders.

The event will bring 1000 competitors and 2000 support staff and families to the event, which has been hosted by Bendigo the past two years.

CFA chief officer Steve Warrington said events like this give CFA volunteers a chance to display their dedication and enthusiasm.

"The event is an amazing chance for our volunteers to really focus and hone in on their skills in a competitive environment, by putting brigade up against brigade, skills are enhanced as each brigade competes to win."

'These championships, while yes a competition, give our volunteers the chance to strengthen existing friendships and form new bonds with volunteers from across the state," he said.

The championship will also include the inaugural Charity Challenge to accompany a silent auction raising funds for Beyond Blue, while the last event on Monday will be the Blue Ribbon Champion Four’s.

Also at the championships will be trade displays, CFA corporate displays, community education programs, virtual reality displays, vintage fire trucks, a range of food options and children's activities.

Entry to the Senior Urban CFA State Championships is free and the championships will be held from March 10 to 12 at the Weeroona Oval, Napier St, Bendigo.