If you have a prang, you’re in safe hands
IF YOU’RE ever involved in a car accident, rest assured Rochester — you’re in safe hands.
The Rochester State Emergency Service unit recently completed the mandatory road crash assessment, which tests its capability to perform rescues following accidents.
The audit consists of two main stages: an administration component and a practical assessment.
It includes testing on how quickly the unit can get to the person inside the vehicle, how safely it performs the rescue, how it eliminates any hazards that may be a threat to other personnel on scene, how it removes the vehicle from the casualty, and also hand- ling the casualty and general skills when operating rescue equipment.
‘‘The VicSES is only called to car accidents when there is somebody trapped, or suspected to be trapped,’’ Rochester unit controller Judith Gledhill said.
‘‘Sometimes whilst en route to the scene we may be downgraded from lights and sirens to normal driving conditions or even cancelled as more emergency services arrive at the scene and more information is provided.’’
The Rochester SES unit has attended six road crash rescues so far this year.
To find our more about the unit, including how to join, contact Judith on 0429 845 573.
Rochester SES hard at work during a recent training session.