Paramedics to com­pete for Aus­tralian ti­tle

The Southland Times - - News - Ben Bootsma

Two South­land based St John staff are set to rep­re­sent the coun­try at the Fer­noSim Aus­tralasian com­pe­ti­tions later this month on the Gold Coast.

Emer­gency med­i­cal tech­ni­cian Sam Mokomok, in­ten­sive care para­medic Rowan Hook, of In­ver­cargill, and in­ten­sive care para­medic Craig Jones, of Christchurch, make up the three per­son team.

The Na­tional Emer­gency Care Com­pe­ti­tion in­volved high-risk emer­gency sim­u­la­tions where skills of paramedics were as­sessed and tested.

Hook said the team fought some stiff com­pe­ti­tion from through­out the coun­try taking out the na­tional event ear­lier this year.

The team had been train­ing to com­pete in a sim­u­lated mass ca­su­alty in­ci­dent, which could be a mock boat­ing ac­ci­dent or any kind of event, Mokomoko said.

The aim for the trio was to win the top spot and to learn as much as they could while there. ‘‘I think it’s a com­bi­na­tion of things – com­mu­ni­ca­tion and al­ways work­ing to­wards bet­ter­ing your­self,’’ Mokomoko said.

Hook said that the team would not know what the de­tails of the mass ca­su­alty in­ci­dent was un­til the com­pe­ti­tion had be­gun.

The com­pe­ti­tion is only half of the rea­son the trio are go­ing to Aus­tralia, they are also at­tend­ing world class train­ing pro­grammes.

‘‘We’ll be meet­ing with a whole bunch of peo­ple who do what we do around the world.

‘‘Part of be­ing the win­ning team, St John are putting us through some cour­ses we couldn’t do in New Zealand,’’ Hook said.

‘‘We’ll be meet­ing with a whole bunch of peo­ple who do what we do around the world.’’ Rowan Hook

JOHN HAWKINS/STUFF

Sam Mokomoko and Rowan Hook, of St John, are in train­ing for the Aus­tralasian com­pe­ti­tions later this month.

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