Congratulations Southern Regional Unit Team
The SRU team displays the Perpetual Trophy. Photography: K.Castle
Curtis Salter accepts the Perpetual Leadership Trophy from Acting Director SES Nicholas Wilson and substantive Director Andrew Lea.
(Click through the gallery above to see the teams)
The State Emergency Service held the biennial State Disaster Rescue Challenge at the Police Academy in Rokeby on Saturday, 29 October.
Six SES crews from around Tasmania came to compete in a variety of challenges, including Vehicle Operations, Lifting and Lowering from Heights, Anchors and Winching, Sand Bagging and Pumping, Storm Damage and General Response.
Senator Stephen Parry, Acting Director SES Nicholas Wilson and substantive Director SES Andrew Lea attended the event and spent time talking with SES staff and volunteers and viewing the volunteers in action within scenarios that showcased their skills and training.
The Police Academy was an excellent venue, providing unique and interesting scenarios such as a rescue from a locked room, loading and towing trailers, patching a damaged roof and a number involving the movement of water from one location to another using ropes, pumps and winches.
All of the challenges demanded a high level of expertise from our volunteers. Teams had forty five 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 Perpetual Trophy for 2016, winning the right to represent Tasmania at the National Disaster Rescue Challenge in 2017.
The SRU Crew Leader, Curtis Salter, provided strong leadership throughout the challenge and won the Perpetual Leadership Trophy. Congratulations Curtis!
We would like to thank the Police Academy and the dedicated support staff and volunteers that make this event possible.