Skills put to the test

QUEENSLAND Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) firefighters will converge in Gatton this weekend to compete in the South Eastern Region Firefighter Championships.

The championship, to be held at the Buaraba Street sporting grounds this Saturday and Sunday, will see 14 teams comprised of permanent, auxiliary and rural firefighters using their skills to compete in a number of drills.

QFRS community liaison officer, Anthony Trinca, said the event would also feature a number of displays away from the championship itself offering information on what to do and not to do in a fire situation.

“There will be a cooking fire trailer which we will light up to simulate a fire in a kitchen to show people what to do and not to do,” Mr Trinca said.

“There is also a smoke house which teaches kids to get low and crawl their way to get out, they'll go in one end and come out the other.”

QFRS area commander, inspector Aerron Patterson, said the event was a great way for firefighters to showcase the skills they use to combat bush fires every year.

“It's a great event that allows the fire fighters to hone their skills,” he said.

“Hopefully their skills are honed, up to date and up to speed. They are the best of the best.”

The winner and runner-up from the championship will compete at the 2011 Queensland Fire Fighter Championship in Rockhampton in August.


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