WHEN more than 2500 people descend on Warrnambool in two months for the state urban fire brigade championships they can expect to see event winners presented with unique local trophies.
Each handmade trophy is shaped to resemble a historic bell first shipped to Warrnambool when the local brigade was formed 150 years ago.
That bell still hangs at the fire station on Raglan Parade and its significance will be included in a major exhibition at Warrnambool Art Gallery from February through to March.
Thanks to the talents of the Triton Woodworkers group members and inspiration from brigade veteran Mick Corbett and others, the trophies have been produced, badged and boxed ready for the big championships.
“They’ve done a great job in making them for us,” Mr Corbett said.
“The trophies will be presented at the junior titles on February 23 and 24 and senior titles on March 9, 10 and 11.
“Between 2500 and 3000 people will be visiting Warrnambool for both championships from across Victoria and as far as Western Australia.
“It’s a real honour for Warrnambool to host these.
“When people come for the juniors, some will stay on for the seniors on the March long weekend.”
He said almost every accommodation venue in the city had been booked for the weekends.
Both championships will be conducted by Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria at the Friendly Societies’ Park.