Rescuer exercise hits spot
AROUND 130 police and volunteers spent hours scouring the land and waterways at Liawenee in a search and rescue bid to find a missing pilot, as part of a training exercise.
Police were joined by State Emergency Service members, Inland Fisheries and Surf Life Saving Tasmania volunteers for the program on Saturday which tested which tested practical lifesaving skills.
Volunteer bushwalking groups and mounted search and rescue members also took part. The Westpac Rescue Helicopter was deployed for the fictional scenario, as ground searches were conducted between Great Lake and Lake Augusta.
Water-based operations were piloted with watercraft searching the Great Lake as part of the exercise Constable Michael Preshaw described as “invaluable”.
“It is an excellent opportunity for a number of groups involved in search and rescue in Tasmania to come together and test our skills,” he said.
“Practical exercises at a scale like this are invaluable as they’re designed to test how agencies and volunteer organisations work together.”
Exercises like this are invaluable as they’re designed to test how agencies and volunteer organisations work together MICHAEL PRESHAW