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Wollongong FRNSW crew places second at Rescue Challenge


A crack team of Fire and Rescue NSW firefighters from Wollongong recently placed second in the 2022 Australasian Rescue Challenge.

The crew from Wollongong Fire Station finished first in the Time Critical and Entrapped scenarios and second in the controlled two casualty scenario.

A FRNSW crew from Ulladulla placed second in the CPR challenge.

Overall, the Wollongong team – Andy Barber, Stuart Willick, John Robinson, Justin Taylor, Mark McMaster and Andrew Clark - finished second, narrowly pipped at the post by a combined fire and paramedic team from South Australian.

The event, held in Tamworth, saw 80 used cars crushed and cut open – all in the name of reducing deaths on Australian roads.]


Coordinated by the Australasian Road Rescue Organisation (ARRO) and jointly hosted by Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) and NSW State Emergency Service (SES), the annual Challenge is designed to replicate road crash rescue scenarios and enable emergency crews to hone their lifesaving skills.

Sixteen crews from Australia and New Zealand spent three days cutting ‘victims’ from the wrecks, and faced realistic rescue scenarios and used state-of-the-art rescue equipment to demonstrate a range of techniques to extricate victims from the cars.

FRNSW Commissioner Paul Baxter said the Challenge brought together manufacturers and experts from all over the world to further enhance the capability of rescue services.

“Emergency services work with the motor vehicle industry to ensure rescue techniques and equipment keeps pace with developments in vehicle manufacture,” Commissioner Baxter said.

“Of course, our goal is to prevent motor vehicle crashes from occurring in the first place, but in the event that they do our rescue operators will be prepared for anything.”

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