Disaster and Emergency Management Services (DEMS) crew commander, based at Leon Ferreira Fire Station in Boksburg, Phillip Jacobus "PJ" Reid has been appointed a judge for the 2018 World Rescue Challenge.
PJ Reid is one of five South Africans who join 21 assessors from all over the world in Cape Town from 21 – 26 October for the 2018 World Rescue Challenge – an international firefighters competition.
This is the premier global rescue event held annually in different countries and hosted by the World Rescue Organisation. This year it is co-hosted by the South African Medical Rescue Organisation (SAMRO).
Teams from across the globe will compete in extricating a patient from a vehicle wreck in a staged accident scene. They are assessed on three safety categories: incident commanding, technical rescue (using of tools to free the patient) and medical technique used.
Assessment is also done on professionalism, speed and care; categories include general approach to the scene, survey of the scene, casualty care and assessment and communication among the team and the patient, as well as the assessors. This all has to be done within a set time frame.
PJ stressed that although the main aim in an emergency is to extract the patient from danger, the safety of emergency personnel in the scene is also key.
These kind of competitions, he said, are good for training and having a readily deployable team of emergency personnel. PJ said being selected as an assessor if the highlight of this 26-year career in emergency services.