Port Stephens SES and NSW Ambulance Team Wins at Inaugural NSW State Road Crash Championships

Road Crash Team at work during the championships.

 

RECENTLY an amazing team of Road Crash Rescue Operators from Port Stephens NSW SES and NSW Ambulance Rescue competed in the inaugural NSW State Road Crash Rescue Championships in Mogo, on the south coast.

The combined team was successful in winning 7 of the 9 awards.

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Alysha Springett Deputy Unit Commander & Training and Coordinator of the Port Stephens SES Unit told News Of The Area, “It’s safe to say, our ongoing training, continuous improvement and volunteers commitment have meant that the Port Stephens and Lower Hunter communities are in good hands.”

The team took out the win in these categories: Trauma challenge winner; CPR challenge winner; Entrapped Rescue winner; Controlled Rescue winner; Best Medical Team winner; Best Technical Team winner; and Overall SES winner.

The Hawkesbury Team took out the Best Team Leader category and the Eden Team took out the win in the Spirit Of The Challenge.

The Port Stephens SES is the State Rescue Board accredited General Land Rescue unit for our area.

“One component of General Land Rescue is Road Crash Rescue, which essentially covers extrication of patients from motor vehicles, heavy transport vehicles and off road and mining equipment.

“Port Stephens SES have been responding to Road Crash Rescue across Port Stephens, areas of the Mid Coast and Dungog shires since 1970.

“Today, we have 24 accredited RCR operators that provide 24/7 coverage using 3 Rescue trucks, 365 days per year,” she said.

The SES volunteers train and frequently respond with Rescue Paramedics from our neighbouring Ambulance Rescue Units at Singleton and Maitland to RCR’s, Industrial and Vertical Rescue incidents.

 

By Marian SAMPSON

 

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