SES team members from Bundaberg and Woodgate competing as the Woodgate team.
SES team members from Bundaberg and Woodgate competing as the Woodgate team. Submitted

Our SES is up with the best

SES team members from Bundaberg and Woodgate competing as the Woodgate team. Photo: Submitted Carla Adams

WOODGATE and Bundaberg SES volunteers proved they are packing some serious skills into their orange overalls, after picking up second place at the Regional Rescue Competition at Gympie.

Forty volunteers in six teams from Woodgate, Caloundra, Tin Can Bay, Murgon, Kingaroy, and Maryborough competed in mock rescue situations, designed to test their response capacity.

“All up we had six scenarios, each involving different rescue techniques – an injured arborist stuck in a tree, a person trapped on a balcony, a person stuck in a confined space under a building, a person located in a dark room which required breaking down a door to enter, a bogged four-wheel-drive vehicle and an island rescue involving a person with an impaled foot injury,” judge and SES local controller Janet Scott said.

She said while Caloundra took out the top trophy, Woodgate was only a fraction behind their score.

“Woodgate was a very close second – they were actually a late entry in the comp when another team was not able to compete,” Ms Scott said.

“To make up their team of six, two Bundaberg SES volunteers joined them. Coming second is a true credit to them, considering they had no time to practice.”

Bundaberg SES controller Bill Daniels, who was also a judge, said it was a remarkable achievement.

“They did extremely well, especially since they hadn’t trained together,” Mr Daniels said.

“Everyone had a lot of fun.”



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