Firefighters ready for competition
AIRLIE Beach firefighters are preparing to host the 2012 Regional Firefighter Competition on May 19 at the Whitsunday Sports Park.
Teams will travel from across Central Queensland to compete for the top title, with the winning team going on to represent Central Queensland at the State Championships in Hervey Bay.
The all day event at the sports park will have firefighters perform a variety of skills and drills against the clock including operational scenarios that showcase the diverse roles performed by firefighters including rescue, incident command and community safety education.
The firefighter competition is open to all Queensland Fire Rescue Service (QFRS) full-time, auxiliary and volunteer operational firefighters and provides them with incentives and challenges.
QFRS commissioner Lee Johnson said competitions gave firefighters the opportunity to enhance their operational skills, build stronger teams, establish camaraderie with other stations and brigades around the state and pass invaluable fire safety information on to local communities.
"The new direction of competitions has delivered positive results across QFRS and it is equally pleasing to note the increasing participation of rural brigades and composite teams of both permanent and auxiliary personnel," he said.
Airlie Beach firefighters encourage the community to go along and watch, with the event to be a major draw card for visitors to the region.
Airlie Beach Fire Station officer in charge Cameron Corneal said the competition was about honing skills with friendly competition.
"It's a bit of a social event too," he said.
A presentation dinner will be held after the competition at the Whitsunday PCYC.