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Oscar 1 strikes gold at rescue comp
Bendigo-based Oscar 1 Emergency Response Brigade performed well at the recent 2013 Victorian Mine Rescue Competition in the Latrobe Valley, winning two of the eight events and finishing 3rd overall, with less than half a percentage point between the top three teams.
The overall winner was the team from Fosterville Gold Mine in Bendigo.
The Fosterville Team was led by Karl Shay (Oscar 1's 2nd Lieutenant competing with his work team) who finished 1st in the Captains Assessment.
Wth both the Oscar 1 and Fosterville teams doing so well it demonstrated that if you want to fall down a deep hole, do it around Bendigo as that's where the mine rescue skills are.
The Oscar 1 team won the First Aid and Firefighting events and placed 2nd in the Skills as well as finishing 2nd in the overall Safety Assessment. Tyson Taylor was 3rd in the Team Captain's Assessment.
Brigade Captain David Priest said he was "very proud of how the team behaved (working closely together and watching each other's backs) and placed, having trained themselves. They represented the district, region and CFA very well".
The annual mine rescue competition is Oscar 1's opportunity to test their skills against other mine rescue teams from around Australia.
Of the teams competing at the weekend, Oscar 1 is the only volunteer member team. All the others are work-based teams from various mining companies.
By Alun Hughson, retired District 2 Operations Officer