All the hard work of the AVBFB Bush Fire Games sub-committee will come to fruition tomorrow when the first games of their type in 3 years will be held at Hartfield Oval in Forrestfield. (10:30am)
The games will involve teams of 6 fire fighters competing in drills against the clock judged for their accuracy, skill and most important on how safely they complete these tasks. The tasks for this year’s games are the 6 man heavy hose drill where there is 6 different tasks to be completed in a 10 min time frame. These tasks are all basic skills that a firefighter may be required to use while at a rural/bush fire.
The 2nd task is the relay pump event where the team has to draft water from a water supply into their light tanker before they can start the rest of the task which involves running hose and putting in a dividing breach in to have 2 lines to knock down the targets .This event is also a 6 man team event and relies very much on communications and hand signals as the firefighter on the end of the hose can’t see the pump operator
The games will be run in conjunction with a Local Government Bush fire expo where people can come down and get relevant and up to date information on how to make their homes/properties safe for the upcoming Bushfire Season. Local Volunteer Bush fire brigades will have representatives there to assist land and property owners with enquires and help them set up a bush fire ready group in their local neighborhood. Formalities will begin at 10:30am with games kicking off at around mid-day and finish under flood lights.
We have more than 25 teams competing from all across the state and also involving other volunteer groups, such as SES, St Johns and Volunteer Fire and rescue. Even though these other organisations aren’t competing it gives them an opportunity to come along put up a tent/display and could lead to these organisations getting new members as well. It also a very good opportunity for the various organisations to build some inter agency team building which will lead to better cooperation when at an incident.
As well as the games and the expo there will be Static displays of equipment from the past and what the future has for us. There will be food stalls, rides and something for everyone. The static displays will involve everything from fire trucks through to stuff to help keep your homes/ properties safe not only from bush fire but an emergency.
The event will start at 1030 am on Saturday September 23rd at Hartfield Oval in Forrestfield .There will be an opening ceremony with speakers from Local government, DFES, Association of Volunteer Bush fire Brigades and a traditional Welcome to Country. The Games will start at 12pm sharp with both the main events being run simultaneously and will be aiming to finish at around 1830-1900 with the prize giving and closing.
For all the teams competing this is a prelude to next year when we have been asked to run the event in conjunction with the Australasian Police and Emergency services games in Mandurah. This will be a great opportunity for the bush fire brigades to showcase our skills to over 2500 visitors and competitors from around the Asia Pacific region. We currently in discussion with the committee on exactly how we can achieve this.