WRC 2017 has come to a close and once again it was a fantastic event with the ROI contingent once again showing that they can compete with the best. This years event seen 3 RTC teams and 6 Trauma teams participate. Carlow County FRS competed in RTC and 2 Trauma teams as did Meath County FRS, Wicklow County made up the final RTC team from the ROI, this was Wicklow County FRS first WRC and it was great to have them on board. Along with Carlow County and Meath County, Laois County and An Garda Siochana [ another first time attendee] completed the ROI participants in the Trauma Challenge.
The ROI representation in the top ten results was remarkable, Meath County finishing 3rd overall in the RTC challenge and Carlow County Finishing 8th overall [after countback, joint 7th on first count] in the RTC challenge. Wicklow County on their maiden WRC event finished an impressive 9th in the RTC complex scenario..an excellent achievment given the standard of scenarios.
The Trauma teams also done us proud, once again two of our Trauma teams delivered in the complex scenario with Laois County finishing a respectable 8th while new comers An Garda Siochana came 10th in the Complex Scenario..no mean feat given the quality of the competition.
Another notable result was the awarding of the RTC best Incident Commander with Meath's Paul Colleran being awarded 2nd place on countback following a joint 1st position on the initial result. The best technical and Medical categories also included Meath County and Carlow County in top ten positions.
Well done to ALL... you have done us all proud.
For a full break down on the top ten results click>>>> Here
ROI Involvement did not end there, ROI Executive members Phil O Hare and Padraig O Longaigh attended the event to support ROI while fellow executive members Mick Gahan [WRO Head Assessor] and Declan Cassidy [WRO Treasurer] attended in their dual capacity as ROI and WRO.
There was a wealth of experience and expertise also on display from our Assessors Mick Tobin and Adi Fox who where Medical Assessors in both Rapid and Complex RTC pits respectively. We had further expertise on show by first time attendees [ In their roles] Paul Foley who assisted with the pit crews and isolation/tool prep, and Mark Brennan who assisted in the Trauma challenge arena, both guys displayed a professional, knowledgeable performance of their tasks which was well recieved by the hosts and the competitors alike, there is even talk that there may be offers to assist at other challenges. Well done guys!
All in all a great event for the ROI contingent, we can now learn and progress to prepare for the year ahead, Lets fill the podium next year!