The Australasian Road Rescue Organisation (ARRO) is the peak body in Australasia for the development and exchange of information, knowledge and skills in the arena of road rescue. It combines rescue techniques with medical assessment and care.
Each year the ARRO runs the Australasian Road Crash Rescue Challenge, where enlisted teams attend a road crash rescue symposium involving expert speakers and practical road crash rescue related workshops. Following the symposium, teams compete in a range of rescue scenarios.
The winners from intrastate competitions go on to attend the Australasian Championships. Unfortunately due to budget cuts the QLD State competition did not run in 2014.
Prue Snedden, Lecturer in Paramedicine at the Australian Catholic University in Brisbane led the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) Redland City team, who despite not being able to compete in QLD, self-funded and fundraised to attend the Australasian Championships in Melbourne. The team consisted of Queensland Fire & Rescue personal and Queensland Ambulance Paramedics.
Prue said “the overall aim is to improve patient outcome through safe and rapid extrication and sound clinical assessment and care of patients. The competition consists of numerous scenarios across 3 days, with a total of 3 extrication challenges and 2 trauma challenges”.
Over 20 teams throughout Australasia and New Zealand competed in this year’s event. Overall the QFES Redland City team did really well and had vast exposure to challenging situations and amazing learning experiences. They achieved first prize in the Australasian competition in the section of ‘Trauma challenge’. This specifically involves medical based scenarios with a trauma focus, which require management and treatment in a timely fashion.
Prue said “QFES Redland City have a healthy focus on improving skills and techniques, with a central focus on improving the overall care we bring to our patient”.