Burnett team comes second
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.
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.