Emer­gency train­ing puts helpers at ready

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Street Watch -

AN un­known blast in a res­i­den­tial tower and fam­i­lies evac­u­ated with nowhere else to go.

That was the ex­er­cise more than 100 rep­re­sen­ta­tives from agen­cies across the met­ro­pol­i­tan area took part in dur­ing an emer­gency evac­u­a­tion cen­tre train­ing ses­sion led by the Depart­ment for Child Pro­tec­tion and Fam­ily Sup­port.

Se­nior dis­trict emer­gency ser­vices of­fi­cer Terry Sil­litto said the depart­ment’s role was to man­age and co-or­di­nate emer­gency evac­u­a­tions.

“The DCP his­tor­i­cally has al­ways had the role – we are man­dated to help the com­mu­nity in an emer­gency and pro­vide peo­ple with a safe space,” he said.

He said the depart­ment’s broad ac­cess to so­cial work­ers and other trained staff meant it was suited to man­age cri­sis sit­u­a­tions.

Coun­cil rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Fre­man­tle, Can­ning, Vic­to­ria Park and Melville filled the Bel­mont Oa­sis Leisure Cen­tre to dis­cuss how they might re­spond to var­i­ous sce­nar­ios.

Mr Sil­letto said it was im­por­tant to con­duct sce­nario train­ing to en­sure lo­cal gov­ern­ments and emer­gency ser­vice crews were pre­pared in case of emer­gency.

“Just last week we’ve had a re­minder why this sort of train­ing is im­por­tant,” he said.

“We are ask­ing trainees to think, it’s a learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence that gives them a chance to find out what they should do in case they get tapped on the shoul­der.”

Bin­doon Chit­ter­ing CWA mem­bers Cathy Brown, Jane Day and Carol Cover.

WA Po­lice strate­gic ad­vis­ers Robert Skesteris and Ibrahim Latheef.

St John Am­bu­lance rep­re­sen­ta­tive Freda Gan, Fredrick Gli­son and Kate White­head.

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