Team Emerald work to free an injured ‘patient’.
Team Emerald work to free an injured ‘patient’.

Highlands haul in rescue accolades

CENTRAL Highlands fire crews put their opposition under the pump at the Regional Road Crash Rescue championships, with Blackwater and Emerald filling the top two spots.

Emerald team captain Ron White said it was a commendable performance from a crew that had three full days of training for the competition.

"It shows the skills we've learned over the years can put firies together and get the same outcome. It was very close in the end," he said.

"I took three new people, learning new skills and they took away a lot from the competition.

"Overall, I think the performances show we have a good knowledge of new skills to help with road crash rescues."

Blackwater team captain Troy Martin said the two QFRS crews were the best of mates, but that counted for nothing on the competition floor at Rockhampton at the weekend.

"It was a real credit to the area, both winning teams are from (the Highlands) which suggests the skills are high," Mr Martin said.

"We are the best of mates, but when it's time to compete - it's time to compete."

QFRS Central Region Assistant Commissioner Neil Gallant said the scenarios were designed to test the team's technical and practical ability to free entrapped casualties in specifically replicated vehicle crashes.

"Blackwater excelled across the board showing that they were the most highly skilled team on the day," Mr Gallant said.


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