Wally Mulholland, Terry Gill, Noel Furness, Dave O’Brien, Dave Hilton and Graeme McIntosh.
Wally Mulholland, Terry Gill, Noel Furness, Dave O’Brien, Dave Hilton and Graeme McIntosh. ROB WRIGHT

Coffs to the iRescue

THEY’RE armed and ready to do battle for their city and their state.

Meet the fine fellows of the Coffs Harbour City SES who will compete at the 2010 Australasian Rescue Challenge in a week’s time.

The iRescue titles – to be held at the Royal Melbourne Showground from July 24 to 27 – will give the personnel new skills and the chance to interact with rescuers from national and international emergency services organisations.

“Combined, these members have a total of 102 years of membership with the NSW SES and 87 years as road crash rescue operators,” said unit controller Bill Roffey.

“To improve their skills, the team has been working together on SES training nights and weekends for 12 months.”

Noel Furness will lead a squad of the best operators from the crew including Wally Mulholland, Terry Gill, Dave Hilton, Dave O’Brien and Graeme McIntosh.

During the big event the team will have to focus on the rescue challenges of high-strength metals, tanker construction and rollover recovery, electric vehicles, heavy vehicle under-ride and airway management, collars and extrication devices.

“The guys really pick up a lot from these games,” Mr Roffey said.

“They will be marked and it will be a competition but the important thing is they will be able to learn and expand their knowledge.

“Looking at their training, they’re doing a fantastic job and they really are brilliant at what they do.

“They’ll do just fine.”

The Coffs Harbour City SES has the unfortunate distinction of being the second busiest road crash rescue unit in NSW.

The unit will gather at their Park Avenue headquarters today for the commissioning ceremony for their new rescue vehicle.

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