Our Northern Territory Emergency Service (NTES) volunteers are “Ordinary people doing extraordinary things”. Each year they give up thousands of hours to learn, train, and hone their skills so when disasters occur, and they are prepared and ready to act!
Recently seven Northern Territory Emergency Service Volunteer members travelled to Fiskville, the Country Fire Association Training College near Ballarat, Victoria, to compete in the 2013 National Disaster Rescue Competition (NDRC).Teams from every State and (SES) Territory in Australia attend NDRC competition; designed to enable volunteers to come together and showcase their skills in general rescue in the name of friendly competition and learning.
This year the team was made up of four Alice Springs Volunteer Unit based members -Alan (AJ) Leahy (Team Leader), Ron Owen (medic), Ross Geoghegan and Michelle Thomas (reserve) and three Darwin Volunteer Unit members, Andy McKay, Johnny McKay and Bre Bonney. Alice Springs Area Manager, Keith Lewis was the team Manager and Katherine Area Manager, Seth Dugdell who was one of the National Judges, both accompanied the team to Victoria for the competition.The Darwin crew, prior to meeting up with their team mates spent months training with Tracy Rowe, NTES Training Officer.Training under Keith’s direction the team came together in Alice Springs prior to the competition.
“NT Emergency Service Volunteers are highly skilled and their technical expertise is on par with other jurisdictions.
“It’s extremely gratifying to see firsthand that the Volunteers commitment to training isn’t just simply recognised but actually commended on the national stage.” Mr Lewis said.
The NDRC includes scenarios testing the volunteer’s abilities in a range of emergency situations including: suspended crashed aircraft, collapsed buildings, derailed rail carriages, crush injuries, mass casualty, search and rescue from multi storey buildings and suspended trauma injuries.
With only a few points separating 2nd to 6th position, the NT Team placed 5th overall and were also awarded the “Horrie Howard” Spirit of Competition award (Horrie Howard was the Chairman of the Australian Council of State Emergency Services), this award is awarded to the team that facilitated the most spirit, comradeship and willingness to learn and impart skills and knowledge to other competitors.
On a national stage our volunteers performed supremely!
Awesome efforts AJ, Ross, Owen, Andy, Bre, Johnny and Michelle!!!