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Blackall wins and it was no accident

BLACKALL may have won the Road Accident Rescue Challenge but event organiser Russell Mair said the Central Queensland people were the real winners.

"It was extremely gratifying to see such a high standard of work,'' said Russell Mair, manager for regional training. "All the scores were very close.''

The event, held on Saturday at the Robert Schwarten Pavilion, Rockhampton Showgrounds, included rescue teams from all over Central Queensland.

During the competition, the teams of five were given a road accident scenario.

They then had to make the scene safe and help those hurt or in danger.

"In competition you can test and challenge yourself,'' he said.

"We tried to create several mind-bending scenarios for the teams.''

The teams were then graded and judged.

"They are all debriefed after,'' he said.

"They are told what they could have done better, so it's a real learning experience.''

The competition also gave emergency service personnel the opportunity to network with other rescue crews, he said.

"It's a good place to meet with old mates for a short period of time,'' he said.

The Road Accident Challenge is held every year somewhere in Central Queensland.

This is the second year in a row it has been held in Rockhampton.

Mr Mair said the next one will be in September.

"It will be in Rockhampton again,'' he said.

"We have enjoyed working in the pavilion.



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