In late July, volunteers from the Fielding, Wanaka, and Huntly Brigades pitted their skills, knowledge, expertise, and teamwork against 18 other teams from Australia and Hong Kong in the Australasian Road Rescue Challenge held in Dubbo, New South Wales.

Huge congratulations to the Wanaka Road Crash Rescue team, who defended their 2018 title and were overall winners of the event for the second year in a row. The team also came first in the Entrapped and Controlled Challenges, and Deputy Chief Fire Officer Tony Wellman was named Best Team Leader.

Additionally, the team from the Fielding Brigade gained third place overall.

Teams train for the Road Crash Rescue Challenge on top of their existing Brigade training, but competitors agree that it’s well worth it.

“For me it’s a fantastic challenge and a lot of fun. As a bonus we also are a lot better at doing the actual job on the road now, which basically helps us save people faster and more safely,” said Senior Fire Fighter Jodie Rainsford, part of the Wanaka Road Crash Rescue Team.

“I would encourage any brigade to look at putting a team together…It’s a great competition and a fantastic investment from the United Fire Brigades Association. In the end it’s people’s lives that end up being saved as a direct result, how could that not be a good thing!”

You can see pictures and videos of the teams in action on the Fire and Emergency NZ (external link)(external link)and Australasian Road Rescue Organisation(external link)(external link) Facebook pages.

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