HORSHAM will host the 2015 Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria State Urban Junior Championship.
Horsham Fire Brigade Captain Mathew Walsh said the contest attracted at least 2000 people when it was in Horsham in 2012.
“It’s good for the whole town,” he said.
He said accommodation bookings also flowed into nearby communities and benefited Wimmera eateries and tourist attractions.
Mr Walsh said up to 70 brigades attended last year.
He is hopeful more would participate in 16 months’ time.
The championship will be on the last weekend in February.
Over the course of the weekend, teams will compete in a series of wet and dry hose events.
“It will be all based on timing – who is fastest to complete the task,” Mr Walsh said.
The activities are based on tasks fire-fighters have to perform when responding to an emergency.
Judges will also consider the team’s accuracy.
“We’re trying to encourage people to become involved in the Country Fire Authority,” Mr Walsh said.
“The juniors are our future.”
He said becoming a junior fire-fighter was a great start for those planning to be involved as adults. “They learn the basic skills,” Mr Walsh said.
Junior fire-fighters can be aged between 11 and 17 years.
They will compete in two age categories – under 14s and under 17s.
Mr Walsh said the Horsham brigade had enough juniors to enter a team in both competitions.
He said the work the community did to prepare Park Drive, Horsham for last year’s event had helped secure the 2015 event.
“We spent a lot of time and money last time, getting the venue prepared,” Mr Walsh said.
He said because Park Drive was equipped with recycled water, a modern judges’ box and a freshly extended track in 2012, it was an attractive option for future events.
“It’s all there and ready to go,” Mr Walsh said.
“We’re mainly seeking sponsors to assist with it.”
An organising committee will be formed this week.