Emergency training puts helpers at ready
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.