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Technical Committee: Michael Vanderzalm

Mick Vanderzalm is a senior Rescue Officer in the Victorian State Emergency Service, Morwell unit. Mick joined the Morwell Unit in 1989 and is currently the Acting Controller of the Unit. The Morwell Unit is the busiest road rescue provider in eastern Victoria.

Mick's involvement in road rescue training has taken him all over Australia and internationally. In 2004, Mick received a Victorian Emergency Services Foundation Scholarship and travelled to Europe where he studied at the Lancashire Fire Rescue Collage. He then completed a rescue paper titled: "New Vehicle Technology and the Dangers to Rescuers".

Mick's involvement in Road Rescue Challenges began in 1996 when, as a member of the Morwell team, he competed at the second Australian National Road Rescue Challenge in Melbourne and won the "Best Medic" award. The team then went on to compete in many State and National events as well as the 1998 World Rescue Challenge in Rockford, Illinois in the USA.

In 2000, at the Mt Gambier Australasian challenge in South Australia, Mick started his formal assessor training and has since completed his International assessor credentials and assessed at several world events.

Mick joins the ARRO Management Team as a member of the Technical Committee.


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