Emer­gency crews in fun bat­tle

Midwest Times - - NEWS - Adam Poulsen

Emer­gency ser­vices crews from through­out the Mid West de­scended on Port Deni­son on Satur­day, Novem­ber 4 to com­pete in the sec­ond an­nual St John Am­bu­lance “It’s A Knock Out” Emer­gency Ser­vices Chal­lenge.

The event saw 15 teams from St John Am­bu­lance, Fire and Res­cue ser­vices, WA Po­lice and the Shire of Ir­win take part in a day of fun and com­pe­ti­tion at the Ir­win Re­cre­ation Cen­tre oval.

The crew from St John Am­bu­lance Northamp­ton took out first place, fol­lowed by run­ners-up Three Springs po­lice, while third place went to team Rambo from the Shire of Ir­win’s emer­gency man­age­ment team.

In all, $750 was raised through team reg­is­tra­tion fees which was then do­nated to the Don­gara Lo­cal Drug Ac­tion Group char­ity.

Event co-or­di­na­tor and chair­woman of the St John Am­bu­lance Ir­win District Sub Cen­tre Yvonne Cangemi said the event was suc­cess­ful and she hoped it would con­tinue in years to come.

“It was a great, fun day, and we all got to re­lax and so­cialise to­gether,” she said.

“We had teams from Chap­man Val­ley, Northamp­ton, Meekatharra, Min­genew and Three Springs, as well as lo­cal teams from Don­gara.

“Northamp­ton have now ex­pressed in­ter­est in tak­ing on the event next year, so if we can get it to dif­fer­ent ar­eas that would be awe­some.”

Teams com­peted in a va­ri­ety of ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing the spec­ta­tor favourite “wipe out”, an en­durance chal­lenge in which com­peti­tors had to jump and duck two spin­ning bars that grad­u­ally in­creased in speed.

Other chal­lenges saw teams run through a wet ob­sta­cle course, nav­i­gate a track while en­cased in a gi­ant ball, and solve a gi­ant puz­zle sim­i­lar to Sudoku.

Pic­ture: John Smith

Teams from Chap­man Val­ley, Don­gara, Northamp­ton, Meekatharra, Min­genew and Three Springs took part in this year's St John Am­bu­lance Emer­gency Ser­vices Chal­lenge at Port Deni­son.

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