Disaster Battles: A team from the previous year's SES competition work to rescue a 'victim.'
Disaster Battles: A team from the previous year's SES competition work to rescue a 'victim.' Contributed

Dealing with disaster

BUNDABERG seized glory in the north coast State Emergency Service Rescue Competition when a team of six handled four disaster situations that included painted-up "victims".

Judge on the day, Carrollyn Hennessy, who also works as an SES training officer, said all teams had performed exceptionally well.

While some contestants succumbed to heatstroke, each did their utmost to take their team to the grand final in Cairns to be held later this year.

The four competing SES teams were required to deal with victims in disaster circumstances.

Situations included hauling a snakebite victim into a canoe for treatment, removing two electric-shock victims from underneath a house, manually manoeuvring a fisherman suffering hyperthermia up a steep bank and evacuating live and dead casualties from a car crash.

Each scenario was about an hour, with 50 minutes allocated to managing the situation and a 10-minute debrief.

"All teams have been training and they were all quite admirable," Ms Hennessy said.

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While Bundaberg came first, they were followed closely by the Frogknots and Golden Oldies from Gympie and the North Burnett All Stars.

Each team was judged according to set criteria which included risk management, leadership, task understanding, communication, casualty handling skills, injury diagnosis, first aid application and evacuation techniques.

The competition was training for real situations.

Ms Hennessey said SES volunteers could be deployed across the state in times of disaster.

"While storm damage and forensic searches are our core business, SES volunteers need to be well prepared at all times," she said.

"At times they can be required to spend up to five days away from home to help out," she said.

To become a volunteer visit www.emergency.qld. gov.au.



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