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Local Firies bring home the bacon

by Cameron Outridge

The Caloundra RAR Team came second at the recent state finals of the Road Accident Rescue Challenge in Rockhampton, securing them a place to represent Queensland at the Australian National Finals to be held in Melbourne during May.

Team Leader Glen Smyth came third in the best team leader category, while local Maleny Rural Firefighter Ben Phipps, who was the Caloundra team medic, placed second in the best medic category.  “The team is delighted with the result; it’s a big thank-you for all the hours of extra training we’ve been undertaking.   Along with the Brisbane Team (who won the event) we’re really looking forward to representing Queensland at the National Comp in Melbourne,” Ben said.   There were seven fire and rescue teams each representing their region from Cairns to Lowood in the South and out West to Charleville.    The Caloundra team said that the overall level of skill from each of the teams was quite high and they were impressed with the difficulty of all the scenarios.

The team wished to thank everyone for their advice and help during their training, especially team reserve Cameron Henry and team training casualty/assistant Matt Ginns and local Beerwah/Maleny Paramedics Peter Griffey and Mark Lapthorn.

From left, (back) Phil Butler, Brendan Casement, Sean Walker,
Glen Smyth, Ben Phipps, (kneeling) Cameron Henry (reserve),
Peter Griffey (Maleny Paramedic), Matt Ginns (team casualty/assistant)

Our thanks once again to Cameron & Tanya Outridge
of the Range News Newspaper for this story.