Northern Territory Emergency Service Volunteers head to National Disaster Rescue Challenge
The ACT State Emergency Service will be hosting the 2015 National Disaster Rescue Challenge (NDRC) commencing Friday, 4 September 2015 to Sunday, 6 September 2015. A contingent of skilled Northern Territory Emergency Service (NTES) volunteers will travel to Canberra to compete.
The theme for this year’s NDRC is ‘Interstate Deployment – response to severe storm damage’ which is quite pertinent considering the interstate movement of emergency services volunteers to events such as the Queensland Floods, Cyclone Yasi, Cyclone Oswald and the recent severe storms and flooding in and around Sydney.
Representatives from the Northern Territory are registered volunteers from across the Katherine, Palmerston and Darwin Volunteer Units who are considered to be skilled in General Rescue and Storm Damage techniques within emergency situations.
”Despite the distances separating the competition participants, they have still been able to get together for a number of training sessions to develop team cohesiveness, trust and to hone necessary skills”, explained team manager and NTES Area Manager Seth Dugdell.
Each team consists of a Team Leader, and five additional registered volunteers who are given a total of seven Challenge Stands over two days to complete. Judges award points for areas such as rescue techniques and casualty handling, with bonus points for completing the task in the designated timeframe.
The NDRC provides a unique opportunity for State and Territory Emergency Service volunteer units from around Australia to come together every two years in the spirit of friendly and robust competition.
“To be selected by NTES to compete against the elite teams of other State Emergency Services is a real honour and well deserved recognition for the professionalism, dedication and hard work put in by the volunteers,” emphasised Katherine’s Deputy Unit Officer Ron Green. “Katherine’s local representative Jamie Barnett is a real credit to our local Unit and will certainly be a great ambassador for NT Emergency Service during this competition.”
Although the ultimate goal is to come away at the end of the weekend with the winners Perpetual Trophy, there are also opportunities to earn individually or as a team, other awards such as Team Spirit of the Competition, Team Leader, Best First Aid Team and Individual Stand Awards.
In addition to the Challenge itself, a range of social events have been organised to ensure competitors socialise and eventually unwind over the weekend.
Included with this article are photographs of the volunteers who represented NTES at the 2013 NDRC that was held in Fiskville, Victoria.
We wish this year’s team of volunteers representing NTES the best of luck.