VMR and Wa­ter Po­lice team up

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

NEXT week­end, VMR Whit­sun­day in con­junc­tion with the Whit­sun­day Wa­ter Po­lice will host the an­nual VMR North­ern Zone joint search and res­cue ex­er­cise (SAREX) in the Whit­sun­days.

The VMR squads and the lo­cal SES will par­tic­i­pate while the Whit­sun­day Wa­ter Po­lice have or­gan­ised the SAREX ex­er­cises which be held from mid-morn­ing on next Satur­day through un­til lunchtime on Sun­day.

VMR spokesper­son Sharon McLean said that these types of joint ex­er­cises were a vi­tal train­ing tool to en­hance the skills and abil­i­ties of the vol­un­teers within the VMR or­gan­i­sa­tion and the mem­bers of the Wa­ter Po­lice.

“It also pro­vides emer­gency pre­pared­ness in the event of an emer­gency at sea, with the two agen­cies be­ing able to work con­fi­dently to­gether,” she said.

“We ask that mem­bers of the pub­lic do not get con­cerned if they see res­cue ves­sels, and Whit­sun­day Wa­ter Po­lice con­duct­ing searches in the Whit­sun­day wa­ters, that it is just a train­ing ex­er­cise.

Whit­sun­day Wa­ter Po­lice se­nior con­sta­ble Adrian Fitz­patrick said that the ex­er­cise will pro­vide skills main­te­nance and learn­ing for SAR trained Po­lice Of­fi­cers within the district.

“The ex­er­cise gives us the chance to cre­ate and co-or­di­nate a re­al­is­tic search and res­cue ex­er­cise to as­sess the search and res­cue re­sponse of lo­cal re­sources and the abil­ity of vol­un­teer SAR groups and Po­lice SARO’s to work to­gether and com­plete search tasks ef­fec­tively,” he said.

“All boat­ies are re­quested to min­imise their ra­dio use on chan­nels 81 and 16 as these chan­nels will be used.”

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Vol­un­teer Ma­rine Res­cue and Whit­sun­day Wa­ter Po­lice will hold a joint SAREX On April 7 and 8

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