Emergency services go head to head

The police entrants were kitted out at last year’s Gemfields Emergency Services Triple Zero Games.
The police entrants were kitted out at last year’s Gemfields Emergency Services Triple Zero Games.

THEY are usually out fighting crime, fires or floods, but tomorrow the emergency services will be up against each other in the annual Gemfields Emergency Services Triple Zero Games.

In its second year, the challenge will see teams from Anakie, The Willows and the Gemfields come together for a day of darts, pool, horse shoes and mini basketball.

But the games aren’t as simple as they seem – each one has a bit of a twist for that extra challenge.

Andy Spring of the Rural Fire Brigade said pool would be played with a broomstick to make it just that little bit harder.

“They are definitely not just straight games,” he said.

Last year the SES took out the winning plaque over the ambulance officers, police and rural fire brigade, but Andy said he was hoping that would change this year.

“We hope to eradicate the SES this year for a win,” he said.

While Andy said all the teams were pretty serious competitors, he assured there would also be some laughs along the way.

“There are always some jokers,” he said.

“We just try and make it a fun day for everyone.”

Andy, who came up with the idea of the challenge last year, said he hoped it would be an annual event.

“It just gets everyone together so they can all meet everyone from each service,” he said.

“Hopefully we’ll be able to do it every year.”

Andy said the invitation was open to everyone to join the emergency services for a “full-on, fun-filled day” from 10am at the Sapphire RSL Club.

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