From Friday to Sunday, the team of seven competed in the event held at Princes Wharf in Hobart.
As well as coming second in the overall challenge, the road rescue team received a number of individual placings.
This included in the category of ‘Best Team Leader’, in which Rob Mitchell placed third.
The Werribee team also came first in the category of ‘Best Medical Response’ led by CFA lieutenant Trevor Weston.
Competing against some of the best paramedics in the country, Werribee Team Leader Rob Mitchell said this was a huge accolade for Trevor and his crew.
“Trevor is a paramedic himself but in our team, was placed in the role of medic for the first time in this challenge, so to win in this category was a job really well done by him,” Rob said.
“The team was really happy with our efforts overall and thought it was great preparation for the World Challenge, which we will attend in London in October.”
Rob said throughout the Australasian challenge, participants competed in three scenario classes - Entrapped, Controlled and Immediate – and within each class, were assessed in the skill areas of Command, Technical and Medical.
“We get a lot out of the challenge in terms of skills to be able to bring back to our own brigade and to others brigades,” he said.
For the past two years the team has won the Australasian competition and last year competed in the world event in Wellington for the first time, where it came second.
This year’s team includes Rob Mitchell, Lino Zulia, Adrian Kendall, Michael Wells, Mark Mummery, Phil Menzies and Trevor Weston. While the team’s membership has changed over time, Werribee CFA has been competing in the Challenge for more than 10 years.
The Road Rescue Challenge demonstrates the best practice in road crash management and provides a forum where various agencies involved in road rescues can learn new techniques and skills.