Photos courtesy Australasian Road Rescue Organisation (ARRO)
Werribee Fire Brigade’s road crash rescue team has taken out third place at this year’s Australasian Road Rescue Organisation (ARRO) Challenge in South Australia.
The team competed against 23 rescue teams, taking first place in Entrapped Rescue and Time Critical Rescue and third place in Industrial Rescue and Best Commander (Team Leader) to finish third overall.
The team also came fourth overall in the Best Technical Team category.
This is the second event Werribee members Daniel May (Team Leader), Dom Trifilo, Neil Davie, Anthony Hill, Scott Green and Trevor Weston have placed in so far this year, with the team winning the 2023 NSW State Road Crash Rescue Challenge in May.
Held in Adelaide from 29 June to 2 July, the annual Australasian Road Rescue Organisation (ARRO) challenge pits rescue teams from across Australia, Asia and New Zealand against each other across multiple scenarios in three categories: Time Critical, Controlled and Entrapped.
These challenges include extricating people from vehicles, dealing with trauma and a CPR Challenge.
The scenarios use real vehicles that are crushed beforehand to simulate the actual outcome of a crash. Accident ‘victims’ are played by actors and teams needed to consider and treat their injuries as part of rescue operations.
Werribee has fielded a team in the event for several years.
“Participating in these types of events sets a benchmark as to where we are compared to other fire and rescue organisations,” Werribee Team Leader Daniel May said.
“Each challenge focuses on specific areas of expertise and exposes us to new knowledge and techniques that broadens our depth to work with other agencies.
“Ultimately it’s the community that benefits as we return better operators and we share what we have learned with our brigade.”