Crews train to save lives
DEALING with any future cyanide explosions should be no sweat for our emergency services.
At a Monto training exercise earlier this month, the local Queensland Ambulance Service and Queensland Fire and Rescue Service prepared for a cyanide explosion inside a rolled vehicle, with a victim trapped inside.
QAS officer-in-charge Jamie McCracken said cyanide was used at the Mt Perry goldmine.
“So we want to be prepared for everything,” Mr McCracken said.
“They have to identify the threat of gas (in the drill) themselves and get gas masks and everything on.”
Police Sergeant Glen Fletcher stepped in as the car crash victim and, despite the circumstances, felt safe throughout the drill.
“From the position of the patient, I was very impressed and highly confident in the abilities of the local firies and ambos,” he said.
The emergency services train once a week, and do more elaborate drills each month.
“We’ve had a scenario where we had to save someone from a water tower and we’ve had rescues from buildings that were full of smoke before,” Mr McCracken said.
“The more training we can do the better.”
The QAS and QRFS are both looking for more volunteers, especially going into bushfire season and Mr McCracken encouraged anyone interested to see him at the Monto ambulance station.
RESCUE ME: Police Sergeant Glen Fletcher was rescued from a cyanide explosion inside a rolled car, in a training drill.