Crews train to save lives

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

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.

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