Drill hones emer­gency re­sponse skills

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

Two Kar­ratha-based emer­gency ser­vices joined forces to hone their re­sponses to se­ri­ous crash in­ci­dents in a multi-agency drill ex­er­cise at Nickol Bay Speed­way last week.

Volunteers from St John Am­bu­lance Kar­ratha and Kar­ratha Vol­un­teer Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice spent hours at the track on a chilly Mon­day night prac­tis­ing their train­ing on a se­ries of sim­u­lated Speed­way crashes.

Crews worked to free mock pa­tients from a three-car sedan crash, which had left one per­son trapped in­side a car, an­other with a bro­ken arm and a third driver suf­fer­ing an asthma at­tack, be­fore get­ting to work on a sprint car rollover where volunteers could only ac­cess the driver from one side.

SJA Kar­ratha act­ing sta­tion man­ager Kelvin Gray said the sta­tion par­tic­i­pated in joint drills with po­lice and fire­fight­ers sev­eral times each year to bet­ter co­or­di­nate in­ci­dent man­age­ment and prac­tise their train­ing in a real-world set­ting.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

Vol­un­teer fire­fight­ers re­move the back wind­screen of a rac­ing car to free the mock vic­tim in­side dur­ing an emer­gency ser­vices drill at Nickol Bay Speed­way.

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