The heat is on: Silver Fern Farms emergency responders took part in competitive scenario training in Hastings during September

Sharpening life-saving skills

by Andy Bryenton

The Emergency Response (ERT) squad at Dargaville’s local Silver Fern Farms facility train hard to be ready for emergencies and part of this training involves pitting their skills against other teams around the country, as they have done recently in Hawke’s Bay.

The company’s nation-wide annual ERT competition was held at our Pacific Plant in Hastings, says Dargaville plant manager Lance Warmington. “This is an opportunity for the team to be put through its paces competing against other North Island Silver Fern Farm plants.”

Competition is tough, and the calibre of skill displayed by all teams is up there with those of emergency first responders from the public sector. Silver Fern Farms invest a significant amount of resources into training team members to a standard that’s second to none, says Lance. Simply put, this is because they save lives. In the past, ERT response to incidents such as falls and even heart attacks has been crucial. Members of the squad are passionate about being ready for any eventuality.

“We acknowledge that our people are our greatest and most valued asset,” says Lance, “and therefore our ERT teams are trained to be first responders to any incident or emergency on our sites.”

Emergency squads competed across a range of simulated scenarios during the 2019 contest, tackling all kinds of potential disasters and sharing their skill base to ensure best practice across the country.