Mem­bers test skills

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

A ROLLED car with a per­son trapped un­derneath faced the North Bur­nett SES road crash res­cue team in a joint ex­er­cise with the Gin Gin Aux­il­iary Fire Ser­vice RCR team.

The sce­nario also in­volved a sec­ond per­son be­ing trapped in the ve­hi­cle by the legs and hav­ing other se­ri­ous in­juries.

North Bur­nett SES co-or­di­na­tor Brian Lowe said this was the first oc­ca­sion the Mt Perry SES RCR team had par­tic­i­pated in such an ex­er­cise.

“They were look­ing for­ward to us­ing their re­cently ac­quired skills,” he said.

In at­ten­dance were North Bur­nett SES Deputy Lo­cal Con­troller Alan Betts, Mt Perry SES mem­bers Krys­tal and Alex Ged­des and its RCR team mem­bers, and Mr Lowe, who ob­served the team in ac­tion.

Un­der the di­rec­tion of the Gin Gin Aux­il­iary Fire Ser­vices fire sta­tion cap­tain Eric Dyke and un­der the watch­ful eye of sev­eral Gin Gin and North Bur­nett SES mem­bers, the scene was set up for ac­tion.

The SES RCR team pre­pared their equip­ment for the ex­er­cise and joined the Fire Ser­vice RCR team for the brief de­liv­ered by Gin Gin QFS Sta­tion Lieu­tenant Dar­ren Lawrence.

The car was re­quired to be rolled back to free the trapped per­son be­fore ac­cess to the ve­hi­cle was at­tempted. Af­ter the trapped per­son was suc­cess­fully re­moved, the roof of the car had to be cut off for medics to gain ac­cess to the trapped pas­sen­ger. Most of the car win­dows were bro­ken to re­duce fly­ing glass be­fore the cut­ters quickly cut through the roof sup­ports en­abling it to be re­moved to gain ac­cess to the trapped pas­sen­ger.

On fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion it was dis­cov­ered the pas­sen­gers’ legs were trapped un­der the dash area of the ve­hi­cle.

To gain ac­cess, the car doors now had to be re­moved us­ing the Jaws of Life.

Through­out all stages of the ex­er­cise, Lt Lawrence ex­plained to SES groups what was hap­pen­ing and what equip­ment was be­ing used.

Cap­tain Eric Dyke said it was pleas­ing to know that there was now a road crash res­cue team lo­cated in Mt Perry.

“This would en­able rapid de­ploy­ment to the scene of an ac­ci­dent should they ever be re­quired,” he said.

“It had been more than 10 years since the last road crash res­cue team was in Mt Perry.

“I look for­ward to work­ing with the new SES team.”

Cap­tain Dyke said they are the only SES RCR team in the north coast re­gion.

“Ex­er­cises like this are of great ben­e­fit in main­tain­ing their skills,” he said.

Fur­ther ex­er­cises are planned into the fu­ture.

The next one will be at the Mt Perry Truck Pull in Au­gust, where the Mt Perry SES RCR team will put on a dis­play with the Evo­lu­tion Mines’ res­cue team.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

ROAD CRASH RES­CUE: Mt Perry SES RCR team joined their Gin Gin coun­ter­parts in an ex­er­cise that in­volved us­ing the Jaws of Life to res­cue a trapped per­son from an over­turned car.

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