The UFBA Road Crash Rescue Challenge gives brigades an ideal opportunity to test and develop their vehicle extrication and medical response skills in a safe learning environment that simulates real-life road crashes.
This season, the North and South Island Challenges in Feilding and Temuka produced outstanding Kiwi prospects for the expected tough competition at the Australasian Rescue Challenge in Hamilton from 20-23 July.
North Island Road Crash Rescue
The UFBA North Island Road Crash Rescue Challenge in Feilding on 27 May kicked off the season with six teams competing—Greytown, Hawera, Whitianga, Feilding, Linton and Rangiora as a visiting team.
It was the first time competing for the Linton Military team—it was both an eye-opening experience and a valuable challenge for them.
Our thanks to the Feilding Volunteer Fire Brigade for their outstanding job of hosting this successful event—no job was too difficult.
Winning North Island teams
- 1st overall extrication team: Hawera
- 2nd overall extrication team: Greytown (2nd by countback as there were two teams tied for second place)
- 3rd overall extrication team: Feilding (by countback)
- 1st trauma team: Hawera
- 2nd trauma team: Feilding
- 3rd trauma team: Greytown
South Island Challenge
Challenging scenarios were set to cater for the exceptional level of experience of the teams who took part in the UFBA South Island Road Crash Rescue Challenge in Temuka from 10-11 June.
Nine teams competed—Balclutha, Geraldine, Leeston, Lincoln, Milton, Mossburn, Rangiora, Rolleston and Wanaka.
Temuka Volunteer Fire Brigade and surrounding brigades did a fantastic job of hosting this very successfully run event and should be proud of themselves.
Winning South Island teams
- 1st overall extrication team: Rolleston
- 2nd overall extrication team: Rangiora
- 3rd overall extrication team: Geraldine
- 1st trauma team: Rangiora
- 2nd trauma team: Balclutha
- 3rd trauma team: Lincoln
“The RCR challenge offers exactly that, a challenge. When faced with the scenarios that are set up by the challenge organisers, every one of the team members is pushed to their mental and physical limits. They need to work cohesively to achieve a complex patient extrication in the allotted 30 minute time window. For this to be achieved on the day, specific training must be conducted in preparation. The side effect of this training is that everyone increases their knowledge and skill base. This could potentially help save lives when responding to vehicle incidents on New Zealand roads.”
Daniel Klaassen, Linton Military
Off to the Australasians
The UFBA funds the winning team from each Island event—this year Hawera and Rolleston—to attend the Australasian Rescue Challenge in Hamilton in July.
A wild card team is also drawn from the next best place getter from each Island that has not previously been funded to an Australasian event in the last five years.
Linton was drawn as the wild card team and are blown away to compete at ARC17. Twenty teams in total have registered from New Zealand, Australia and Hong Kong.
Self-funded Kiwi teams
Six Kiwi teams are self-funding to the Australasians - Whitianga, Feilding, Greytown, Rangiora, Geraldine and Milton.
Image: Rolleston at the South Island Challenge Credit: Dean Shuttleworth
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