Race is on to be number one

ROAD Crash Rescue challenges have been held over past last year, with teams from each region competing against each other to be the best in the state, with the top two teams to represent Queensland at the Australasian challenge.

Recently, the Queensland State Road Rescue Challenge was held at the Toowoomba Showgrounds with eight teams lining up against each other in a display of strength, courage and comradeship across a number of rescue scenarios in which technique and skill was assessed.

The top two teams at the end of this challenge were Lowood and Cairns, with the Lowood team consisting of Lieutenant's Murray Thomas and Chris Bromhead, with firefighters Ray Bruckner, Kelvin Delaney, Robert Ford, and QAS Paramedic Stephen Boland.

It is a great opportunity for firefighters to show the public, and ultimately share with each other, their skills, and techniques to rescues lives and save property on a daily basis.

“The Lowood team have trained extremely hard, mostly in their own time, to be the best they could be on the day,” Captain Shane Browne said.

“Teams faced scenarios based on real life situations surrounding entrapments, encapsulations, and rapid interventions at road traffic crashes.

“The QAS Paramedic in their team is also assessed on patient care and handling on the day so it is great training for paramedics as well.

“Our local team Paramedic won the trophy for best medic in the state on the day, a great achievement.

“I could not be more proud of my guys than I am at the moment.

“Residents of Lowood and the surrounding areas can rest assured that they have one of the best fire and rescue crews in the State, if not the country, to attend them in their time of need.”

Lowood and Cairns will now go head to head with firefighters from across Australasia from July 25-27 as the final round of the Australasian Road Crash Rescue challenge comes to a thrilling conclusion at the Royal Agricultural Society Showgrounds, Melbourne.

The successful team at this challenge will go on to represent Australia at the World Challenge to be held in Christchurch, New Zealand from July 13-16, 2011.

Anyone wanting to come and chat with the guys, or have an interest in becoming an auxiliary firefighter, please drop into the station located in Main Street Lowood, preferably on a Tuesday evening.

Alternatively, contact details for the station may be obtained from the Gatton Area Office on (07) 5468 3302.

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