Emu Park firefighter Glenn Matheson calls for water during the Queensland State Firefighter Championships yesterday.
Emu Park firefighter Glenn Matheson calls for water during the Queensland State Firefighter Championships yesterday. Chris Ison

Championships get all fired up

MORE than 80 of Queensland’s best firefighters have turned up the heat at the State’s annual firefighters championships which are under way in Rockhampton.

The state firefighting championships began on Thursday and wind up today.

While competitors are putting their skills to the test at the Rockhampton Heritage Village, a Queensland Fire and Rescue Service spokesman yesterday said authorities would have no problem in sending them out to battle the region’s blazes if the situation got out of hand.

Local crews have been able to keep the current situation under control. The firefighters will today be in the middle of the action with about 10,000 people expected to turn up at the village for the Safe Communities Expo. The Car Crash Simulation will see cars dropped from a crane to demonstrate the impact of a high speed crash.

“Demonstrations like these allow the public to get up close and personal and see what our firefighting crews do on a daily basis,” the spokesman said.

 

Today’s highlights

Official opening of the Charles Street Fire Station Replica between 11am and 11.15am;

Queensland Corrective Services Dog Display between 12pm and 1pm;

Car Crash Simulation where cars will be dropped from a crane to simulate a head-on crash between 12pm and 1pm;

SeaFM live broadcast between 10am and 3pm.

Venue: Rockhampton Heritage Village.



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