Safety crews brush up on knowledge
AROUND 50 local emergency service workers attended a bus awareness session put on by Alpine Spirit Coaches in Myrtleford on Monday night.
The ‘safety first’ session held just in time for the upcoming snow season had a primary focus of familiarising first respondents with the various buses now in operation across the Mt Hotham region in cases of rescue and emergency.
Alpine Spirits owner and operator, Chris Bonacci, said his coach operators have experiences in the hazardous conditions, second to none.
“We believe we have an obligation to share our knowledge for the good of all stakeholders and visitors to the area,” he said.
“We hope that various personnel used the night to investigate and enhance their knowledge of the various bus vehicles that attend Mt Hotham and Dinner Plain.
“There are limited opportunities across the country for emergency service crews to gain first hand bus and coach particulars in a non-emergency situation but this session gave those services that hands on opportunity.”
As part of the session all emergency service members were able to board the vehicles, see the space confines, take the time to understand the various structural inclusions and learn how bus mechanical issues could impact a rescue as well as other relevant things.
The session also gave Emergency Service crews the opportunity to undertake practical tasks such as effective breaking of safety glass, entry points, towing and more.
“We believe it was a great way for all of us to get to know each other within this Bus/coach Snow industry,” Mr Bonacci said.