Res­cuer ex­er­cise hits spot

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - NEWS - JAMES KITTO

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

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