Issue 3
Tuesday, 07 May 2019
Charles Darwin University

Emergency response competition comes to CDU

CDU is hosting this year’s Northern Australian Emergency Response Competition later this month.

Organised by the Minerals Council of Australia, the competition plays an integral part in emergency response training, giving teams the opportunity to test their skills in the field through simulated emergency situations.

These scenarios are designed to be the closest teams will get to the real thing, while putting teams under the pressure of being judged by seasoned professional adjudicators and watched by their peers, colleagues, family and the public.

Throughout the course of the event teams receive a “call to response” and will face challenges under the disciplines of firefighting, first-aid, rope rescue, search and rescue, hazardous materials and road accident rescue.

The teams competing are from mining companies across the Territory and Queensland, all of which support their local communities and regions in emergency situations.

VET School of Trades Education Program Manager, Rob Buttery is helping CDU get organised to support the competition.

“This is a great opportunity to showcase CDU and we are looking forward to hosting a well-planned, friendly event that focuses on participation and skills exchange,” Mr Buttery said.

One of the keys to staging a successful competition are volunteers and Mr Buttery is looking for volunteers to carry out roles such as acting as casualties.

“Casualties make the scenarios come alive. They are asked to act out situations ranging from walking around pretending to be in a state of shock waiting for the right moment to pass out or go hysterical or covered in fake blood waiting to be rescued,” he said.

“It’s a bit like being an extra in a movie.”

Marshals, adjudicators, scorers and videographers are also needed to help run the event.

The event starts 31 May with the competition itself occurring on Saturday 1 June and Sunday 2 June.

To find out more about volunteering for the event, contact E: