Hundreds of Victorian volunteer firefighters and juniors will converge on Mooroopna on March 28 and 29 to compete in firefighting championships.
For the first time, Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria and the CFA will bring together the rural senior and rural junior championships, and the urban seniors.
The rural and urban championship events will run separately on their own competition tracks, but alongside each other.
VFBV chief executive officer Adam Barnett said the championships were much more than just a competition.
“The championships develop practical and leadership skills and promote teamwork, while showcasing the skills and commitment of our volunteers,” Mr Barnett said.
“Being a volunteer firefighter means being part of one big community.”
Mr Barnett said the junior competition gave young people training in volunteerism, public service and being part of an emergency services team.
“They give young people a taste of what it’s like to be a volunteer firefighter and, hopefully, as soon as they are old enough they will go on to finish their training and become fully qualified volunteer firefighters,” he said.
The championships will be held at John Gray Oval in Mooroopna, starting at 8.20 am on Saturday, March 28 and 8.30 am on Sunday, March 29, with the public welcome to attend.