NSW SES State Disaster Rescue Competition

11/10/2017 06:02 PM

There will be scenes of disaster in Bathurst this weekend with scatterings of debris and multiple ‘casualties’. Bathurst Showground will be a flurry of orange with around 70 of the State’s finest rescue volunteers being put to the test at the 2017 NSW State Emergency Service (NSW SES) State Disaster Rescue Competition.

NSW SES Commissioner Mark Smethurst said volunteers will be competing against their fellow volunteers in a range of challenging, real life scenarios.

The State Disaster Rescue Competition 2017 will be held at the Bathurst site over two days – 14 and 15 October 2017. Volunteers will compete in a series of simulated emergency situations where their skills and resources will be put to the test.

With scenarios ranging from simulated storm and water damage, land search, and rescue from heights and depths to flood rescue and mass casualty; rescue teams will be tested on their leadership, teamwork, adaptation and decision making.

NSW SES Commissioner Smethurst said the NSW SES State Disaster Rescue Competition will bring together teams from all corners of the State to enjoy friendly competition, hone their rescue skills and share experiences from their respective areas.

"These teams gain great experience in demonstrating skills, safety, team work and leadership in a safe and controlled environment. It's a valuable learning and development experience for everyone involved.

"We encourage everyone to come along to the Bathurst Showground during Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th October to view up close the exciting scenarios as well as the dedication and professionalism of our volunteer rescue teams”, Commissioner Smethurst said.

Commissioner Smethurst thanked the local community, local Volunteers and the NSW SES Volunteers Association for their generosity and logistical support.

“I also urge anyone who may be interested in becoming a volunteer, no matter what their level of commitment may be, to come along to this event to talk to volunteers and staff and learn more about the Service and our various volunteering opportunities.

“NSW SES Volunteers play a vital role in ensuring the safety of hundreds of communities across NSW and also make a positive contribution by helping residents prepare and respond better to floods, storms, tsunami and other emergencies”, he added.

The winners of the 2017 State Disaster Rescue Competition will be awarded the right to represent NSW SES, and defend the title, at the National Rescue Competition later this year.

The State Disaster Rescue Competition is held biannually in various locations across NSW and is proudly supported by the NSW SES Volunteers Association.


Media enquiries:          NSW SES Media (02) 4225 7500


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