A team of firefighters from the Milton Volunteer Fire Brigade extinguished the competition at a regional road crash rescue event this month, being named the overall winner.
The day-long contest consisted of four mock car crashes in which the team had to rescue and treat trapped passengers within a certain time period.
Team member Haydon Crabb described the day as gruelling.
''I was absolutely spent on the last run''.
Five teams from Otago and two from Canterbury took part in the Region Four Road Crash Rescue Challenge, held this year in Oamaru.
The volunteer brigade members trained twice a week for the three months leading up to it, and it paid off.
Milton has now won the competition for the past six years and the team has been together for past four or five years.
The members were unanimous that the skills they learnt were invaluable on real-life callouts.
They paid thanks to their sponsors and agreed they would not being able to take part without the support of their families.
The team, which also won first places in the entrapped, intermediate, medic, technical and trauma categories and second spots in the controlled and team-leader sections, will now attend the national competition in Feilding in March.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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