The Australasian Rescue Challenge (ARC) ARC is an annual event which operates under the auspices of the Australasian Road Rescue Organisation (ARRO) and is hosted by an operational rescue agency within a particular State and/or Territory on a rotational basis.
The ARC has been operating formally since 1996 where all Australasian jurisdictions (including New Zealand) have hosted the event at least once with the Northern Territory being the exception.
The ARC brings together rescuers from SES, fire and rescue and mines rescue organisation. The annual challenge attracts teams from all states in Australia, several teams from New Zealand as well as a number of teams from Hong Kong and Singapore. From year to year the number of entries can be between 16 and 20 teams.
Each team consists of six members who include a team leader, a medic and tool operators. The teams are assessed on their ability to undertake a rescue (or rescues) from three scenarios spread across the three days that are time critical and patient focussed. They are assessed by a team of ARRO subject matter experts who are still operational within their own agencies and volunteer their time to this event. Teams are assessed on their Command, Medical and Technical abilities in the Time Critical, Entrapped and Controlled pits where each scenario reflects actual ‘on road’ incidents where in most cases live casualties, prepared using theatrical moulage are used to reflect realism.
Accompanying the three days of challenge events and preceding the first day is a full day learning workshop designed to enhance the knowledge of rescuers across the latest techniques, knowledge and application so that they in turn can return this knowledge to their agencies and thus increasing the response capability of rescuers at an Australasian level.
Holistically, the ARC is about learning from the event, learning from each other, competing, making new friendships, reacquainting with old friends and importantly visiting new locations. Many teams either arrive early or extend their time beyond the event and take the opportunity to combine a holiday with the event. Many teams are accompanied by their families and/or friends.
The 2015 ARC will operate out of the Greatorex Pavilion at the Alice Springs showgrounds where they will also be promoting a community fire safety day on the Saturday, inviting the public to attend to view the challenge and discuss first hand with NT Fire and Rescue Service, NT Emergency Service and Bushfires NT staff and volunteers, fire safety and related matters.
About The Australasian Road Rescue Organisation
ARRO is the peak body in Australasia for the development of knowledge and skills in road crash rescue. ARRO was established as the Australian National Road Accident Rescue Association (ANRARA) in 1996. ANRARA changed its’ name to ARRO in 2003 to better reflect its’ position in the World Rescue Organisation (WRO). ARRO represents Australasia at the WRO.
The vision of the WRO is to create a global rescue environment where any person involved in an entrapment or stranding incident anywhere in the world will be rescued and medically cared-for using best practices that are safe, effective and efficient, therefore maximising survival and recovery rates.
Through its involvement in road rescue challenges, and knowledge of the latest technologies, ARRO strives to improve the science and quality of rescue services provided to casualties and, therefore, a reduction in the severity of injuries. The ARRO executive has established a strategic plan to facilitate achieving these objectives.
ARRO is a membership based organisation and relies on the support of members and sponsors to exist as do the respective host agencies when running the event. Members can be individuals of emergency service organisations, as well as corporates with an interest in the rescue industry.
All members of ARRO volunteer their time and diverse industry experience to assist in achieving the organisation’s goals. This is represented in both the membership and their management team, which is made up of representatives from different jurisdictions, agencies and levels of management within those organisations.
ARRO’s current management team includes members from; ambulance, fire, State Emergency Service, and industry trainers. They come from Queensland, NSW, Northern Territory, Victoria and New Zealand. The NT Fire and Rescue Service’s Chief Fire Officer is the current President of ARRO.
ARRO’s Rescue Challenges have set worldwide standards over recent years due to our excellent relationships with GM Holden, Holmatro and, Kidde Australia s. The provision of contemporary model motor vehicles has made ARRO the envy of our WRO colleagues around the world.
For more information, go to www.arro.org.au