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Scott Young

Year of Award: 2014 Award State: Australian Capital Territory Emergency Services > Fire And Rescue
The ACT Government David Balfour Churchill Fellowship to advance capacity in vertical rescue resulting in safer and more efficient operations and training - Japan, France, Sweden, USA
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Vertical rescue in its simplest form is a transportation challenge that requires moving a casualty safely from point A to B out of a hazardous situation using rigging and ropes. In practical application, it is much more complex and requires significant training and experience, due to the ever present danger of gravity.

This Fellowship aimed to advance capacity in vertical rescue to help bring about safer and more efficient operations and training within Australia.

This aim was pursued with targeted and detailed interviews with leading international rescue organisations including the Tokyo Fire Department, Chamonix police mountain rescue, and the New York Fire Department.

Individuals with renowned expertise and influence in this area were also contacted to provide their insights and opinions. Among them are Mr Tom Pendley, Mr Reed Thorne, Mr Mike Gibbs, and Mr Kirk Mauthner. Finally, I attended advanced level and highly specialised vertical rescue courses with Rigging for Rescue, Ropes that Rescue, and Lyon Work and Rescue.

This report will detail the numerous lessons learnt and potential advancements for the Australian vertical rescue industry.

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