ACTSES volunteers put to the challenge

Canfan 8 November 2014

Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, wished ACT State Emergency Service members the best of luck ahead of a local rescue competition this weekend.

The ACTSES Rescue Challenge will be conducted today (Saturday, 8 November 2014) at the
ACT Emergency Services Agency Training Centre in Hume.

“ACTSES volunteer members provide an essential service to the Canberra community in their hour of need,” Mr Corbell said.

“Training and ongoing maintenance of skills is a core component of the life as an ACTSES member.

“The ACTSES Rescue Challenge coincides with the beginning of ACTSES week and is an opportunity for volunteers to display their skills in the spirit of friendly competition.

ACTSES members will participate in a number of activities displaying their general rescue skills and knowledge.

Volunteers from the Belconnen, Gungahlin, Majura and Woden ACTSES units will be represented at the ACTSES Local Rescue Challenge. Teams comprise six members plus a team manager.

Throughout the competition the teams are judged on a range of skills including:

  • Rescue from the heights using the training tower;
  • Urban search and rescue techniques that could be employed during support of ACT Fire & Rescue;
  • Load stabilisation;
  • First aid;
  • Teamwork; and
  • Leadership.

Minister Corbell will present trophies to the winners at 2.15pm.

The winner will go on to represent the ACT at the National Disaster Rescue Challenge to be held here in Canberra on 5-6 September 2015.

(Simon Corbell Media Release)

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