BASSENDEAN proved they are the best in speed, dexterity, teamwork and leadership when they took out the top award at the 114th annual WA Volunteer Fire and Rescue Services Association Easter State Championships last weekend.
Bassendean Volunteer Fire and Rescue Services was named the champion ‘A-class’ brigade at the event held at Gilbert Fraser Reserve in North Fremantle, showcasing the skills of 150 firefighters from 23 teams from across WA.
A group from Victoria also travelled to compete.
Bassendean’s Marc Papalia won the champion’s firefighter trophy for the ninth consecutive time.
Chase Milligan, also from Bassendean Volunteer Fure and Rescue Services, was awarded the inaugural best female firefighter.
The events have evolved from firefighters training exercises in the late 1800s and use equipment including hydrants, hoses, reels and ladders.
Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Wayne Gregson said these championships highlighted the commitment of volunteer firefighters to continuously enhance their skills to assist and protect the people of WA.
“No matter what the situation, incident or hazard, volunteer firefighters display an outstanding focus and dedication that leaves the community in awe of what they do,” he said.
South Hedland took out champion ‘B-class’, Bunbury champion ‘C-class’, Harvey’s Reece Parton best performing ‘B-class’ firefighter and Northam’s Jordan Turnock best performing ‘C-class’ firefighter.