VMR and Water Police team up
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.”
Volunteer Marine Rescue and Whitsunday Water Police will hold a joint SAREX On April 7 and 8