The annual ETS Industrial Emergency Response Team Competition 2022
ETS organised and hosted the annual Industrial Emergency Response Team Competition 2022. The purpose of the competition was to provide emergency responders from all sectors of industry an opportunity to sharpen their skills and compete against other emergency response teams in simulated scenarios including fire fighting and other important fire fighter skills. Two out of 19 teams were from municipal brigades and were warmly welcomed as they are also expected to respond to industrial incidents during the course of their duties.
The competition was primarily an evaluation of various teams’ emergency responses to simulated incidents and evaluations of team members’ individual abilities to demonstrate required skills. The competition allowed team members to rise to the various challenges put before them and aimed to create and mimic the pressure experienced at real incidents. Team building, problem solving, working together as a team and honing individual skills were part and parcel of the days’ activities. The competition was regarded, by many, as a reward for emergency responders who have dedicated their time and effort to the aspiration of saving lives, protecting assets and protecting the environment.
The competition took place on Thursday, 27 October 2022 at ETS Emergency Training Solutions situated in Redan, Vereeniging. Teams registered their seven team members to take part in four events in one of two categories, namely the Volunteer category or the Open category.
The events were designed to address four aspects, vital to responding to incidents, namely theoretical problem solving and application, individual skills, testing emergency responders’ physical abilities and working together at a simulated fire incident. This year’s competition consisted of:
1. Main event: A fire fighting scenario involving protest action which led to an incident;
2. Individual skills event: Hose laying
3. Physical ability event: Toughest fire team relay event
4. Mental challenge
“Formalised emergency response teams managers are required to simulate and have their teams respond to a credible fire incident which closely mimics a real life, on-site emergency, at least once a year. The competition provided the opportunity for teams to achieve this. Besides the prizes on offer, the comradery and enjoyment of the day, and the opportunity to see exhibitors displaying their latest products, each team member returned home with a certificate of participation as evidence of having participated in a simulated fire incident … and a whole lot more. Be sure to kit up and join us again in 2023 for more of the same”, said John Akal and Dirk Möller of ETS.
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