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Congratulations Southern Regional Unit Team

The SRU Team displays the Perpetual Trophy. Team members L-R: Almas Khan, Andy Summers, Kerryn Gray (Team Leader), Matthew Fishwick, Lyndon Bounday, Dale Fletcher-Jones - with Director SES, Andrew Lea

Congratulations Southern Regional Unit Team Congratulations Southern Regional Unit Team

Congratulations Kerryn!

Kerryn Gray accepts the Perpetual Leadership Trophy for 2014 from Director SES, Andrew Lea

Congratulations Kerryn! Congratulations Kerryn!

A visit from the Minister

Minister for Police and Emergency Management, Rene Hiddings, discusses the State Disaster Rescue Challenge with Regional Manager North West, Wayne Richards and Director SES, Andrew Lea.

A visit from the Minister A visit from the Minister

South Composite Team

L-R Christopher Hine, Jack Aylward, Justin Ashwood, Roger Brown (Team Leader), Robert Seaburn and Kym Newberry.

South Composite Team South Composite Team

Southern Regional Unit Team

L-R Dale Fletcher-Jones, Lyndon Bounday, Andy Summers, Kerryn Gray (Team Leader), Matthew Fishwick and Almas Khan.

Southern Regional Unit Team Southern Regional Unit Team

North General Rescue Team

L-R Michael Beament, Brian James, Christine Mann, Amy Meddings-Blaskett (Team Leader), Jimmy Burton and Daniel Clarkson

North General Rescue Team North General Rescue Team

North Composite Team

L-R Michaela Pinner, Ray Walker, Chris Draffin (Team Leader), Jillian Phillips, Hubert Codd and Dean Latham

North Composite Team North Composite Team

Mersey Team

Karen Berwick, Arron Brooke, Philip Bird (Team Leader), Graeme Brown, Shaun Brown and Paul Berwick.

Mersey Team Mersey Team

Central Coast Team

Wayne McKenna, Megan Sushames, Adrian Eberhardt (Team Leader), Owen Harpley, Lewis Wells and Brodie Emmerton.

Central Coast Team Central Coast Team

(Click through the gallery above to see the teams)

Mass Casualty Gallery | Rescue from Heights Gallery | Industrial Rescue Gallery | Lifting and Packing Gallery | Urban Navigation Gallery | Flood Damage Gallery

The State Emergency Service held the biennial State Disaster Rescue Challenge at the Don River Railway on Saturday, 17 May.

Six SES Teams from around Tasmania came to compete in a variety of challenges, including Mass Casualty, Rescue from Heights, Industrial Rescue, Lifting and Packing (Heavy Lifting), Urban Navigation and Flood Damage.

The Minister for Police and Emergency Management, Rene Hiddings, and SES Director Andrew Lea attended the event and spent some time talking to SES staff and volunteers before viewing the volunteers in action within scenarios that showcased the depth of their skills and training.

The Don River Railway proved to be an excellent venue, providing unique and interesting scenarios such as a simulated train crash in a tunnel, search and rescue in the train 'graveyard', a simulated oil spill by the Don River and a bicycle navigation course.

All of the challenges demanded a high level of expertise from our volunteers. Teams had forty minutes to complete the tasks for each scenario and were assessed on criteria such as leadership, safety, teamwork, and varied general rescue skills. The teams performed well, each bringing different experience and techniques to the scenarios.

We would like to congratulate the Southern Regional Unit (SRU) Team, who scored the highest total number of points and were awarded the coveted Perpetual Trophy for 2014, winning the right to represent Tasmania at the National Disaster Rescue Challenge in 2015.

The SRU Team Leader, Kerryn Gray, provided strong leadership throughout the challenge and won the Perpetual Leadership Trophy. Congratulations Kerryn!

We would also like to thank Don River Railway and the dedicated support staff and volunteers that make this event possible.