Mandurah residents turned out in their hundreds to the Western Foreshore on Saturday to enjoy one of the more exciting and unusual events in the 2018 Australasian Police and Emergency Services Games schedule – the fire fighter games.
Volunteer fire fighters from around WA and Singapore’s Civil Defence Force fire fighting team competed in a number of events throughout the day.
The fire truck pull was a crowd favourite with people lining the fence to see six athletes from each team pull a fire truck about 20m along the road.
There were food stalls, markets and a careers pavillion at the foreshore to inform visitors of potential careers in the paramedicine, emergency services, fire fighting and police fields.
There were a number of other thrilling events on Saturday for the final day of the Games.
The chase was on for victory during the stand up paddle board race on Saturday morning with a tight finish between first and second place in the men’s category
Both athletes crossed the finish line of the 4km race in an impressive 20 minutes.
The day also featured open water swimming and surf lifesaving at Town Beach, soccer, hockey, netball and fire fighting competitions.
Held every two years, the games run across seven days and are a multi-discipline sporting event for serving, retired and volunteer members of police and emergency service agencies.
This year marks the 17th installment of the games, following successful events at the Sunshine Coast (2016) and Melbourne (2014).
The Games were officially closed on Saturday night with a ceremony in the Games Village for competitors and their families.
At the event, WA Police commissioner Chris Dawson handed over the Games torch to New South Wales in preparation for the 2020 Wollongong APES Games.
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