Northern Australian Emergency Response Competition

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NAERC plays an integral part in emergency response training and gives teams the opportunity to test their skills in the field through simulated emergency situations in preperation for real-life emergency events. . 

These scenarios are designed to be the closest teams will get to the real thing, while putting teams under the pressure of being judged by seasoned professional adjudicators and watched by their peers, colleagues, family and the general public.

Throughout the course of the event teams receive a 'call to response' and will face challenges under the disciplines of; Fire Fighting, First-Aid, Rescue from Heights, Breathing Apparatus Skills, Underground Search and Rescue, Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) and Road Accident Rescue. Teams also complete and theory test and individual skills testing.

The NAERC motto is

‘The minute saved through practice is the minute needed to save a life’, 

For enquiries please contact MCA NT - NAERC Event Manager, Giovanna Webb:


NAERC 2022

The 2022 Northern Australia Emergency Response Competition was  held in Darwin from 12 - 15 May and gave the six competing teams the opportunity to test their skills and response capabilities under pressure through simulated emergency situations in preparation for real-life emergency events. 

Thank you to sponsors McArthur River Mine, Agnico Eagle, Newmont, Mt Isa Mines, Rio Tinto, ERGT, Charles Darwin University, OHMS, Draeger, PT Hydraulics, Fire Rescue Safety Australia, USM, Hastings Deeting, Blackwoods and Thorzt.

The winners of the NAERC 2022 Awards are:

Underground Search and Rescue: Agnico Eagle Australia Fosterville

Theory: Rio Tinto Gove Operations

BA Skills: South 32 Cannington

Rescue from Height: NWQ Rockstar Ringins

Fire Fighting: Rio Tinto Gove Operations

Hazmat: Rio Tinto Gove Operations

Road Accident Rescue: Agnico Eagle Australia Fosterville

First Aid:  Agnico Eagle Australia Fosterville

Best Casualty: Vicki Simlesa

Best Adjudicator: Natasha Little

Best Team Manager: Mal Pitkin, Rio Tinto Gove Operations

Most Helpful Team: Rio Tinto Gove Operations

Best Individual: Matt Doyle; Rio Tinto Gove Operations

Best Medic: Steven Matthews, Agnico Eagle Australia Fosterville

Best Captain: Rachel Dixon, South 32 Cannington

Team Safety: Agnico Eagle Australia Fosterville

Best Overall Team: South 32 Cannington