Bur­nett team comes sec­ond

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

EVEN the heavy rain and freez­ing winds could not de­ter the North Bur­nett SES team from com­pet­ing in the an­nual SES Res­cue com­pe­ti­tion held last Satur­day at the Boy Scouts camp­ing grounds at Alder­shot.

The an­nual event was open to all SES teams from the North Coast, Wide Bay and Bur­nett ar­eas.

Af­ter fin­ish­ing in fourth place last year, the North Bur­nett team were hop­ing to im­prove this time around.

The team was made up of North Bur­nett Deputy Con­troller Alan Betts as team man­ager along with Gayn­dah’s Dave Clay­ton, Michael Imhoff, MatWhipps and Nick Hodge and Eidsvold’s John O’Gor­man and Trevor Tyler.

Sce­nario one was a traf­fic ac­ci­dent with one per­son suf­fer­ing se­vere lac­er­a­tions to the head and arm, another with a com­pound frac­ture to the leg and a third per­son trapped un­der a trailer. On re­leas­ing the trapped per­son, the ca­su­alty then went into car­diac ar­rest. The teams are judged on safety, team lead­er­ship, ini­tia­tive, team­work and com­mu­ni­ca­tions skills, ca­su­alty man­age­ment, suit­abil­ity and qual­ity of tech­nique.

In sce­nario two, a para­chute jumper had been caught high up in a tree and had suf­fered sev­eral in­juries. The teams had to treat the in­juries and then ex­tra­dite the per­son safely to the ground.

Sce­nario three in­volved a child fall­ing into a grain silo and suf­fer­ing se­vere back in­juries. The team had to sta­bilise the ca­su­alty, place on a back­board and re­move them from the silo.

All this was car­ried out in dread­ful con­di­tions as it rained con­stantly all day.

Adding to this was the very cold winds and each event took more than an hour to com­plete.

North Bur­nett Lo­cal Con­troller Brian Lowe said the team did a tremen­dous job un­der the con­di­tions

“I am very proud of their ef­fort,” he said.

Pipped at the post for the top gong by the Bund­aberg A team, the North Bur­nett mem­bers were over the moon when they were an­nounced as the sec­ond place get­ters.

Medals were pre­sented to all team mem­bers by the North Coast Re­gional Man­ager for the SES, Mer­rick Il­lett.

The team is al­ready look­ing for­ward to the chal­lengers next year will bring.

Win­ners will now go on to rep­re­sent the area at the State cham­pi­onships.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

SEC­OND PLAC­ING: North Bur­nett SES mem­bers showed their skills to take out sec­ond place at the an­nual SES Res­cue com­pe­ti­tion held last Satur­day at the Boy Scouts camp­ing grounds at Alder­shot.

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