Safety crews brush up on knowl­edge

Alpine Observer - - News -

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.

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