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18 MAY 2014 Wayne Richards, Regional Manager SES North West 0427 352 912

 

State Disaster Rescue Challenge - Don River Railway

State Emergency Service teams from across the State tested their skills at a number of simulated emergencies at the Don River Railway on Saturday 17 May. Facing challenges that required the SES volunteers to demonstrate a range of general rescue skills, teams were given 40 minutes to successfully complete critical tasks. It also called on their specialist search and rescue, storm damage and map reading skills to perform within the allotted time for each scenario.

Teams were judged on their overall approach, safety and teamwork. Working under pressure in emergency situations requires good teamwork, communication and ensuring that safe operations are maintained at all times. Regional Manager Wayne Richards described the event as a highly successful day and explained that the competitive spirit also provided an opportunity for teams to learn and practice skills under stressful conditions.

“Teamwork is essential for success in any operation, and this is also dependent on sound team leadership” he added. In recognition of the role played by team leaders, an additional Award is made to the best team leader on the day. This year, Kerryn Gray from Southern Region received the ‘Leadership Award’.

The Minister for Police and Emergency Management, Hon Rene Hidding visited the teams during the day with SES Director Andrew Lea, to watch their performance and acknowledge their continued commitment and dedication to providing an emergency service to the community.

Overall winners of the Challenge, the Southern Regional Unit will represent Tasmania at the National Disaster Rescue Challenge in Canberra next year.

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