All on at Doubt­less Bay

The Northland Age - - Front Page -

Smoke, he­li­copters and res­cue ves­sels will be seen and heard in the Doubt­less Bay area on Satur­day, but there will be no cause for alarm.

It will be the finale of this year’s Youth in Emer­gency Ser­vices (YES) pro­gramme, with 10 young Far North trainees putting their new-found emer­gency ser­vices skills to the test.

The teenagers have spent the last four weeks learn­ing a va­ri­ety of skills, and they will need all of them on Satur­day when they are con­fronted with a car crash (in­volv­ing fire), and will go look­ing for and as­sist­ing peo­ple who are miss­ing and/or in­jured on land and in the wa­ter.

“This will call on all the skills they have learned through the pro­gramme — triage and first aid, land- and wa­ter-based res­cue, fire­fight­ing, de­ci­sion-mak­ing and team­work,” North­land YES co-or­di­nat­ing work group spokesper­son Shona Mor­gan said.

The ex­er­cise, which she de­scribed as the high­light of the pro­gramme, would in­volve a to­tal of about 75 peo­ple, with con­tribut­ing agen­cies in­clud­ing Fire and Emer­gency NZ, the po­lice, St John, the Red Cross, Far North Surf Res­cue and a com­mer­cial Salt Air he­li­copter.

“Mem­bers of the pub­lic should be aware that there will be he­li­copters tran­sit­ing from the Man­gonui fire sta­tion to the ex­er­cise area near Taipa, along with smoke, emer­gency ser­vices ve­hi­cles around the area and res­cue ves­sels on the wa­ter,” she added.

A grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony for the young peo­ple and their fam­i­lies would fol­low next week­end, when the par­tic­i­pants would also be of­fered the op­por­tu­nity to vol­un­teer for two months with the emer­gency ser­vice of their choice.

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Two of the cur­rent crop of Youth in Emer­gency Ser­vices trainees in ac­tion.

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