Team Moranbah works to free an injured “patient” at the Regional Road Crash Rescue Championships at Rockhampton Showgrounds.
Team Moranbah works to free an injured “patient” at the Regional Road Crash Rescue Championships at Rockhampton Showgrounds. Sharyn Oneill

Scenarios test rescuers

THE vehicles had been in genuine crashes, and the scenarios were as realistic as possible.

But thankfully the victims trapped inside were mannequins ... this time.

Road crash rescue teams from Emerald, Blackwater, Moranbah and Blackall competed for the regional title at Rockhampton Showgrounds at the weekend, displaying their life-saving ability under controlled conditions.

Barry Semple, manager of professional development for Queensland Fire and Rescue Service's central region said the challenge had been the most true-to-life in the contest's 17-year history.

“It's a great learning opportunity as well as a chance to show off their capabilities,” Mr Semple said.

Firefighters were challenged to rescue trapped patients from a variety of crash simulations, using the skills and split-second decision-making that has saved countless lives across the region.

The team from Blackwater edged out Emerald to take the regional title and will represent central region at the state championships next year.



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