Members test skills
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.
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.