Fire brigade needs sponsors

THE local hosts of next year's Firefighter Championships have put out a call for local businesses to sponsor the event.

Tweed River Fire Brigade are busy with preparations for the NSW Fire Brigades Fire Fighter Championships which will see 800 firefighters and their families descend upon the Tweed for a week in October next year.

Retained firefighter Andrew Stalker said it could be a great boost for local businesses.

“It may be a year away but there is a lot to be done. We are actively seeking sponsorship from local businesses and would like to get the word out there that we need financial help to host the event,” Mr Stalker said.

“We're very honoured to be the hosts of this great event but we just need a bit of help from the community.”

The event will feature firefighters of all ages and skill levels competing in a series of tasks, including putting out house and bushfires, conducting car rescues, target practice and ladder runs in Recreation Park in Tweed Heads for the title of Best in the State.

Mr Stalker said the championships would provide a small surge for tourism operators and accommodations resorts in the area.

“A lot of these firefighters attending are coming from areas that are nothing like the Tweed. It's not just a competition for them they treat it like a holiday,” he said.

“I think it would be a great little boost to the local economy.”

Businesses that sponsored last year's championships in Tamworth raised $20,000 to help out.

“There will also be an educational booth set-up for school students and members of the public,” Mr Stalker said.

“Sponsors will also be given their own area as well to promote their business.”

It has been 20 years since the championships were held in the region, when the Tweed Heads brigade last hosted it.

The event is held every two years.

Any businesses who would like to help sponsor the event can call Mr Stalker on 0400 060 727.

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