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Upper Hutt Leader : June 22nd 2011
39 UPPER HUTT LEADER, JUNE 22, 2011 MOTORING 472 HIGH STREET, LOWER HUTT www.maxmotors.co.nz 04 569 4488 MAX 0274 486-198 OUTSIDE WGTN: 0800 MAXCARS 0800 629 227 Payment based on 48 months & $500 Deposit. Lending Criteria Apply. All cars come with 30 days' complete cover IT'S BETTER BY FAR TO BUY A MAX MOTORS CAR IT'S BETTER BY FAR TO BUY A MAX MOTORS CAR 3816661AA Was $6,995 $4,980 NOW 1996 Toyota Estima 2400cc, Alloys, A/C, 8 Seater What a Bargain NOW $6,980 Was $8,995 $45pw 1999 Audi A3 1800cc, Auto, Alloys, ABS, Immobliser Exceptional Was $11,995 $74pw $10,980 2005 Ford Fairmont 4000cc, Alloys, Airbags, ABS, Cruise Control. Amazing Value NOW $8,980 Was $10,995 $59pw NOW 2005 Holden Astra 1800cc, Manual, Airbags, ABS, A/C, NZ New. $5,980 ONLY $52pw 1996 Holden Statesman V8, 5000cc, Alloys Heavily Reduced Was $11,995 $59pw $8,980 NOW Was $8,995 $52pw $7,980 ONLY Was $16,995 $98pw $14,980 NOW Was $9,995 $52pw $7,980 NOW 2005 Honda Accord Euro 2400cc, NZ New, Alloys, 5 Spd, ABS. 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Was $11,995 $74pw World's best road crash rescuers Easy does it: Firefighters competing at the first road crash rescue challenge in New Zealand -- at Waiouru in 1996 -- free a trapped victim. Similar action, involving 30 teams from around the world, gets under way in Upper Hutt next month. Bernie Rush: At World road crash rescue events, the standard is ''very, very polished''. By SIMON EDWARDS The best road crash rescue per- sonnel on the planet will be in the Hutt Valley from July 15 to 17. In March, Christchurch was to host the 2011 Australasian Road Crash Rescue Challenge, followed immediately by the world event. But Mother Nature delivered up emergencies of another sort for that city. Bernie Rush, NZ Fire Service Hutt/Wairarapa assistant area manager, says it looked as if there would be no 2011 event as no-one else was willing to step up at such short notice. But the United Fire Brigades Association, which now owns the rights to the event in New Zealand, decided that would be a shame and an alternative venue was found -- the former South Pacific Tyres plant in Upper Hutt. Six teams from New Zealand -- crews from Greytown, Feilding, Hawera, Morrinsville, Whitianga and Rolleston -- have won the right to go head-to-head with the Aussies. The top placegetters will go to the world event, where there will be 26 teams from Spain, Russia, Britain, Namibia, South Africa and Hong Kong. Mr Rush, a qualified internat- ional assessor at these rescue challenges, says up to three teams compete at once. They are con- fronted with a mangled vehicle, sometimes with a crash test dummy inside but most often with a live victim''. The competition is so sophisti- cated now that injuries to the occupants can be matched accord- ing to what might be expected from the accident scenario and the damage to the vehicle. With competition sections for use of hand tools only, and unlimited'' power equipment, including the jaws of life, teams comprising four firefighters and a professional medic must safely extract vehicle occupants, racing the clock and each other. Mr Rush, who is based at Ava- lon fire station, says local fire- fighters often assist ambulance/ paramedic services at crashes and emergencies. It represents about 10 per cent of brigades' workload. For firefighters here, the medi- cal component is more about stabilising [victims] rather than major interventions''. Up to 120 cars are needed for the competition pits, so it's fortu- nate that Holden has agreed to be the major sponsor. Those who qualify for the Australasian and World rescue competitions are at the top of their game. These guys are very, very polished. They train for hours and hours and hours and their techniques are flawless.'' Mr Rush says it's often hard for assessors to pick between the performances. Such rescue competitions have taken Mr Rush around the world. He got involved in 1996, when he was training manager for the fire service's western region based in Palmerston North. Other emergency services were complaining it was taking brigades too long to free victims from crashes on State Highway 1. The brigades thought they were doing pretty well''. By chance Mr Rush noticed an article in a magazine about an Australian who had judged a crash rescue competition in South Africa. With sponsorship from ACC, he brought this judge to New Zea- land to show him and four others how the competitions were run. The first New Zealand event was held at the end of that year in a paddock off SH1 at Waiouru. Mr Rush says the last New Zea- land challenge he was involved in was the 2005 world challenge at Mystery Creek, Hamilton, a Rolls Royce event indoors, with a grandstand, big screen TVs for action replays -- the works''. In between those years, Mr Rush had been an assessor at competitions all over the world and was on the board of the world rescue organisation. He recalls an event in Canada held outdoors: It was 25 degrees on the first day, and it was snowing on day two. It changed that quickly; it was miserable for the final two days.''' New Zealand's weather is just as temperamental and we've learned to hold our events indoors. We've set a really high stan- dard in New Zealand in the past and we'll be working real hard to make sure we do that again.'' Spectators will be welcome at the three days of competition.
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