ABOUT 3000 people will flock to Colac this weekend when the city hosts the state’s annual rural firefighting championships.
The Colac Showgrounds will host the Volunteer Fire Brigades of Victoria’s State Rural Championships for just the third time in 25 years this weekend, with organisers expecting big crowds once again.
Almost 40 brigades from across Victoria will be represented at the major event.
“The last time we had the state championships in Colac was in 2012 and before then was 1990, and it was huge both years,” assistant secretary Amanda Holt said.
“We’re expecting about 3000 competitors and spectators again this year, last time all the accommodation in Colac was booked out and we had people camping or staying in Lorne and travelling to Colac,” she said.
Competition will kick off on Saturday with the seniors competing, before the juniors, aged 11 to 15, compete on Sunday.
Irrewarra will field two seniors teams and two junior teams for the competition, which is designed to build fitness and practical fire fighting skills in CFA volunteers and junior volunteers.
“Spectators will see events involving fitness and speed with hoses, tankers, pumps and spraying water onto targets,” Holt said.
“We build up their skills to prepare them to join the CFA ranks,” she said.
Holt said the Irrewarra teams began training before Christmas and had their final session together on Friday.