Brigade extension underway ahead of state competition

Work underway: The extension, which began on November 29, will feature a judges area, display section for the club’s trophies, photos and memorabilia and electric timing.
Work underway: The extension, which began on November 29, will feature a judges area, display section for the club’s trophies, photos and memorabilia and electric timing.

The $30,000 upgrade to The Brian Willoughby Track is officially underway in preparation for the Esperance Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service to host the State Open Championships in March, 2019.

The building extension to the upper floor began on Thursday, November 29, and includes a judges area, display section for the club’s trophies, photos and memorabilia and electric timing to ensure the current facility is up to standard.

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Coach Brian Willoughby said team members had already raised $20,000 through their own fundraising efforts, with another $10,000 required to complete the upgrade. 

The club will host 10 to 15 teams from across the state for the first time in more than 20 years – an event expected to draw around 250 to 300 people to the region.

Photo: Jesinta Burton.

Photo: Jesinta Burton.

Mr Willoughby said the group would be grateful to receive donations big or small and that every dollar counted.

“Any little bit helps and you are supporting our kids, who are going to be your firefighters protecting your town, property and life in years to come,” he said.

Mr Willoughby extended thanks to Southern Ports Authority, the Esperance Football Club and members of the Brigade for their support. 

To make a donation, contact Esperance Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service via Facebook or Mr Willoughby on 0409 084 183.