If you have a prang, you’re in safe hands

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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.

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