THERE will be scenes of disaster in Bathurst this weekend with scatterings of debris and multiple ‘casualties’.
The biennial NSW State Emergency Service (SES) State Disaster Rescue Competition will see SES volunteers from across the state descend on Bathurst Showground to take part.
Seventy participants will compete in nine separate teams in a series of simulated emergency situations where their skills and resources will be put to the test.
Scenarios will include: simulated storm and water damage; land search; rescue from heights and depths; flood rescue and mass casualty situations.
NSW SES Commissioner Mark Smethurst said rescue teams will be tested on their leadership, teamwork, adaptation and decision making.
"Teams gain great experience in demonstrating skills, safety, team work and leadership in a safe and controlled environment,” he said.
Commissioner Smethurst has welcomed the public to come along and take in the action.
“View up close the exciting scenarios as well as the dedication and professionalism of our volunteer rescue teams,” he said.
“I also urge anyone who may be interested in becoming a volunteer, no matter what their level of commitment may be, to come along to this event to talk to volunteers and staff and learn more about the service and our various volunteering opportunities.”
The winner of the weekend will attend the National Disaster Rescue Challenge later this year in Tasmania, where they will compete against winners from other states for the National Title.
Check out the action on Saturday (9am-4pm) or Sunday (9am-1pm). Entry is free.