2016 State Training Challenge


TV news footage from the 2016 State Training Challenge.

The 2016 challenge was held on Saturday, 28 May and Sunday, 29 May at the SA Metropolitan Fire Service's Training Centre at 480 Grand Junction Road, Angle Park.

Around 100 people were involved - the event had teams from a number of the state’s largest SES units including:

· Eastern Suburbs Unit

· Sturt Unit

· Tea Tree Gully Unit

· Campbelltown Unit

· Noarlunga Unit

· Metro South Unit

An invitational team from the CFS also competed which was great to see. Well done and thanks the guys from Murray Bridge CFS brigade and Jervios CFS brigade who traveled down to take part in the challenge.

Over two days, teams tacked challenging scenarios which tested leadership, teamwork and core skills. Each scenario was unique and focused on areas such as urban search and rescue, heavy rescue, flooding response, swift water rescue, rescue from heights, mass casualty and a land and evidence search.

In 2016 the challenge had a focus on learning and it was great to see the teams trying their best in the spirit of friendly competition with plenty of camaraderie and teamwork on display.

The challenge was ably supported by our volunteers from the State Operations Coordination Unit who provided communications and coordination support – a big thanks to the SOSU team for all their hard work. Thanks also to our casualty crew who braved the elements on each stand and to the moulage specialists from St John Ambulance whose artistic endeavors made the victims’ injuries appear realistic and uncannily gruesome!

It was great to see the Minister for Emergency Services, Hon. Peter Malinauskas MLC, out at the event today and I thank him for spending time with our volunteers and all the support crew. A big thanks also to Chief Officer Greg Nettleton (CFS), Chief Officer Greg Crossman (MFS), Chief Superintendent Scott Duval (SAPOL), Director of Operations Andrew Long (SAAS) and the Shadow Minister Duncan McFetridge MP for showing their support by visiting the challenge yesterday.

Congratulations are due to everyone involved, particularly the SES state training team and to our event manager Dave O’Shannessy. It was a tremendous success and a job well done!

State Training Challenge 2016

Photos from the 2016 State Training Challenge.