New tanker event has Champs competitors revved up

Competitors at the 2020 CFA-VFBV Firefighter State Championships will face off in a brand-new Tanker and Hydrant event at Mooroopna next month.

New tanker event has Champs competitors revved up

Participants who have entered in the Urban Senior Firefighter State Championships on 28 and 29 March will be competing to secure another brand-new addition to the championships, the Appliance Events Aggregate Shield.

Teams across the state will take on three appliance events, including the Pumper event, Pumper and Ladder event and the newly introduced Tanker and Hydrant event.

The Tanker and Hydrant event was trialled last year before it was officially included in this year’s championship program.

CFA Executive Director for Volunteers and Capability, Deputy Chief Officer Peter O’Keefe said the event has some similarities with appliance events in the Rural Seniors Championships.

“These events mirror members’ fire ground activities and are a good opportunity for brigades to showcase their skills using appliances,” Mr O’Keefe said.

“The introduction of this event means we can offer brigades the opportunity to compete in modernised events rather than traditional hose and reel events.”

VFBV Chief Executive Officer Adam Barnett said the new event has been aimed at demonstrating the wide range of firefighting skills commonly used on the fire ground.

“The Pumper event focuses on a variety of fire ground practices that are often employed during a structural response such as a house fire scenario,” Mr Barnett said.

“The Pumper and Ladder event extends the scenario to include a response to multistorey structures such as a two-story house or factory.

“Finally, the Tanker and Hydrant event simulates responding a tanker to a fire event common in smaller townships, and in this case where access to a reticulated water supply is still available to the responding firefighters.

“We encourage everyone to support participating brigades by coming along to the Firefighter State Championships next month.”

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