The UFBA National Road Crash Rescue Challenge was held in Inglewood, Taranaki from 19 to 21 May.
Hosted by the team at Inglewood Fire Station led by Cameron and Nathan Gillespie, this event was a huge success.
Inglewood and brigades from the surrounding area did a great job at organising the event—from the great welcoming meal at the station, to the provision of all the gear that we need to put on the Challenge.
A particular highlight was the patients they organised. SADD students from the local high school were both keen to learn and helpful patients in the pits.
The help of the Inglewood brigade and the fantastic venue (indoors to protect us from the thunder and lightning storms) meant this was one of the best Challenges of the year. Over three days, 16 teams competed in some of the most competitive car crash and trauma scenarios that we have had.
“It was possibly one of the closest RCR Challenges in the last couple of years,” says UFBA Events Manager Ceara Owen-Perry.
“All the teams did incredibly well and the scores were really close. In fact, we had to do several countbacks so we could find the clear winners on the day, there was so little in it.”
In the end, Rolleston came out top of the RCR Challenge closely followed by Rangiora and then Hawera.
In the Trauma Challenge the medics from Rolleston claimed first place, with Geraldine second and Feilding third.
Thanks to our sponsors Chubb Holmatro, a prize pack was awarded to the winning Trauma team and the winners of the individual categories—Best Team Leader (Rolleston), Best Medic (Rolleston) And Best Technical (Rangiora). Holmatro will also provide the teams selected to attend the Australasian event with two-piece coveralls.
The Australasian Road Rescue Challenge hosted by ARRO will be held in Warragul, Victoria in July.
As per our RCR Challenge rules, UFBA will fund the top two teams from this year’s Nationals and the highest ranking team that has not attended the Australasian event in the last five years to attend this event.
Rolleston, Rangiora and Geraldine will attend this year.
This will be the fourth time Rolleston has competed but the first time for Geraldine and Rangiora. Geraldine placed fifth at the Nationals and has been competing for only two years so did well to earn their place.
Photos: Bryce Hollands Photography