It’s official. Our SES rescue unit has been recognized as the best in the country following its win at the 2015 national titles.
The competition was held at a number of locations across the Canberra, including an island in Lake Burley Griffin and the ACT Emergency Service Agency Training Centre.
The team competed in seven challenging storm-related scenarios, including people trapped inside a collapsed building, a search for missing persons, a casualty with a leg impalement and a seven storey tower with numerous casualties requiring rescue.
The Kiama unit last entered the competition in 2011, when they came second at the national level.
This year, the team won four out of the seven challenges, giving them overall first place, and Team Leader Warren Turner received the Best Team Leader award and team medic Anna Habeck received Best First Aid award.
The other members of the team were Chris Warren, Simon Ross, Rob McDonald and Dan Vrckoski.
“I’m very proud of our team,” says Local Controller Warren Turner. “It’s a fantastic effort for a town like Kiama to represent NSW at the national level.
“While we are very proud to become national champions, the hard work and training have improved the capabilities and experience of our rescue operators so we can better help the Kiama community.”
The Kiama Unit is fortunate to have enough trained rescue operators to continue to have a rescue service on standby while the team and supporters were competing.
Mayor Brian Petschler, who witnessed the professionalism of the team when visiting the unit during the recent flooding rain, isn’t surprised by the win given the highly trained and efficient way they went about their work.
“Their dedication and commitment is of enormous benefit to our community.”