Malvern SES does service proud
Victoria State Emergency Service's (SES) Malvern Unit achieved second place in the National Disaster Rescue Competition (NDRC) this weekend.
The National Disaster Rescue Competition was held at CFA’s Fiskville training facility. More than 100 volunteers representing seven teams from seven States and Territories across Australia took part. The Malvern Unit was representing Victoria SES and they’ve done the service proud.
Competitors were put through their paces across seven different general rescue scenarios, including simulated airplane and train crashes involving mass casualties, sandbagging of a breached dam and rescue from heights.
The Malvern team included Phil Munslow (Crew Manager), Peter Duncan (Crew Leader), Sally Duncan (Team Coordinator) Mark Parish, Lucy Rucinska-Stanek, Jen Roberts, Tim Udorovic and Ryan Melville.
Mr Munslow said walking away with second place was beyond the team’s wildest dream.
"Our aim was to learn as much as we could and do ourselves and Victoria proud during each stand, regardless of the result," he said.
"Of course, we didn't achieve this alone and there were many, many people whose valuable experience, advice and hard work prepared us well beyond what we could have ever done alone – Andrew Feagan, Caroline Taylor and the South Barwon crew, Alex Courtney and the Nunawading Unit. Of course, the support of the entire Malvern Unit allowed us to get here but especially our two emergencies Victor Liaw and Michael Delanis who did all the work but got to enjoy none of the fun!"
Malvern SES have been sharing highlights from the competition over on their Facebook page.