NSW Ambulance wins water rescue challenge

A NSW Ambulance in-water rescue team has smashed nine other contenders from across Australia, to take out the inaugural Australasian Water Rescue Challenge.

The Sydney Olympic Park-based unit travelled to Penrith Whitewater Stadium to compete in the event, with Team Leader Superintendent Steve Green saying they were thrilled with the win.
They had to compete in 10 different scenarios including extricating a patient from a stormwater drain, an intensive swimming challenge, a rope rescue and a land-based delivery.
“It was a fantastic exercise allowing us to consolidate our skills during manoeuvres that had occurred in real life,” he said.
He said it was hard to beat his team which included an experienced mix of personnel including males and females, chopper paramedics, a special ops member and even two Fire and Rescue NSW members.
“It was such a profound experience for us all, with very successful outcomes and hopefully this win will be the first of many,” he said.