This Friday Dubbo will host more than 300 emergency service agencies personnel from Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, and England, as they gather at our showgrounds for the 2019 Australian Road Rescue Championships.
The event is run by the Australasian Road Rescue Organisation (ARRO), in conjunction with Fire and Rescue NSW and NSW State Emergency Service.
The ARRO is the peak body in Australasia for the development and exchange of information, knowledge and skills in road rescue. Its membership is drawn from individuals and organisations in the emergency services that assist people at road crashes.
Simon Bracht is the team leader of the fire and rescue NSW Dubbo team, which compromises senior firefighter Phil Barrett, senior firefighter Brad Edwards, senior firefighter Jon Cantrall, retained firefighter Nicole Johansen, and Senior Instructor Scott Habgood.
The four-day event, the first day being a team meet and greet, is free to the public, and Mr Bracht is hoping Dubbo residents will deliver a warm welcoming to visitors.
"There's three aspects of the competition. Three thirty-minute scenarios that may involve one or more vehicles the facilitators have set up, the victims in each case will be in a different manner, and we have thirty minutes in which to gain access, treat them, and then to remove them from the scene in a safe and fairly quick manner," Mr Bracht said.
"The main aspect of the competition is probably to learn off other national teams that are coming. We've got teams from New Zealand, Hong Kong, and the chance to learn off them and find out things we may or may not have thought of will probably be the main attraction."
Mr Bratch said the Dubbo team is feeling more "on the nervous side,".
"The whole team is a little on the nervous side, we're all first-timers for this competition, which is unusual, we don't necessarily get nervous for the real job, but competitions are a little bit outside of our normal field," he said.
"We're confident in our abilities, we're all professional firefighters, and a lot of the guys have decades of experience out in the field."
Senior Instructor Habgood said the event should be good.
"It goes for four days, runs for three, the first day is just a meet and greets for the teams. There are four events for each team, and there's a medical component to them as well," he said.
"Every team has two medics, three operators and the team captain. It's all based on road crash rescue."
Research from the Australian Road Rescue website shows that, worldwide, there is one road trauma fatality every 26.9 seconds.