Fraser Coast Chronicle

Firefighters battle for glory

TESTING their skills through a series of firefighting drills and endurance workouts, Queensland emergency service teams will turn up the heat at the Queensland Firefighter championships at Limestone Park this Friday.

Twenty-one teams from Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS), as well as a team from Queensland Corrective Services and two teams of New South Wales firefighters, will complete a series of drills that test fire-fighting skills and techniques.

The firefighting championships begin from 8am daily on Thursday and Friday and a Safe Communities Expo starts on Thursday from 9am.

QFRS south-eastern region assistant commissioner Peter Beauchamp said teams that had made it to this week's competition had already achieved success at a regional level.

“One hundred and thirty urban stations and rural fire brigades formed teams to contest at a regional level so the 21 that have made it through really are the best of the best,” he said.

“The top two teams from this competition will be eligible to represent Queensland at the Australasian Firefighter Championship to be held in Rotorua, New Zealand, in October.”

Mr Beauchamp said the competition would provide a fantastic opportunity for people of all ages to see what is involved in becoming a firefighter and learning more about the profession in Queensland.

“People who attend the expo will be able to see techniques used to save patients from car wrecks and learn about bushfire, storm and flood preparation and fire safety around the home.”

Emergency Services Minister Neil Roberts said the competitions had a proud history.

The Firefighter Championship and Safe Communities Expo are open to the public and are free to attend.

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