The Firefighter State Championships will feature two women-only Marshall events in Mooroopna next month for the first time in the State Championship's 147-year history.
The Marshall event was designed to assist in the training of volunteers in the coupling and uncoupling of hoses, setting hydrants and fixing branches without using any water in the quickest time possible.
The Championships will be held in Mooroopna on Saturday, 28 March and Sunday, 29 March, combining the Urban Seniors, Rural Seniors and Rural Juniors separately across the two-day event.
Kangaroo Flat Fire Brigade member and Championships veteran, Krystal Every, said she will be the starter for the Championship's first women's Marshall events.
"The introduction of the women-only events is a great way to promote the skills and interests of the talented females within the CFA across the state," Ms Every said.
The friendships Ms Every has developed throughout her time with the CFA has kept her coming back more for than 20 years.
"These events are a fantastic way to encourage all females within the sport to participate, while also providing opportunities for them to succeed in their own events," Ms Every said.
Deputy Chief Officer Stephanie Rotarangi encouraged female volunteer members to get involved in this year's two women-only Marshall events.
"The landmark introduction of the women-only events is a welcome addition to the Championships this year.
"These events will give CFA's female volunteers an opportunity to showcase their operational and teamwork skills," Dr Rotarangi said.
Female competitors have the option to either participate in the one-competitor Marshall event or pair up with a fellow team mate in the two-competitor Marshall event.
Ms Every said she and her team's training regime is well underway in the lead up to next year's Championships in Mooroopna.
"We've all been working hard, training twice a week and getting involved in weekend competitions," she said.
"It's all about sharpening our skills to ensure clean work and a quick time on the day."
Ms Every has been competing at these events since she was just 13 years old.
"I've been associated with the CFA since my Dad got me involved 21 years ago," she said.
"I have been a member of Kangaroo Flat Fire Brigade for three years now and prior to that I was involved with the Eaglehawk brigade for 18 years.
"I really enjoy the fitness aspect of the events, as well as the comradery and friendships you make along the way," Ms Every said.