VICSES and CFA unite for training

May 17, 2017

The training session was held after the Merrigum CFA donated a vehicle to the Tatura SES.

A spokesperson from the Tatura VICSES unit said it was empowering to join forces with the CFA.

Tatura VICSES unit road rescue expert Kris Parker addresses CFA members ahead of a joint training session.

The Tatura Victorian State Emergency Service unit came together with a number of district fire brigades last week in a joint-training event.

A Tatura unit spokesperson said it was a fantastic evening, hosted by the Tatura VICSES.

‘‘(It was) attended by members of Merrigum, Kyabram, Wyuna and Cooma CFA Brigades,’’ the spokesperson said.

‘‘The night was designed to show what can be done at a road rescue event to support each other.’’

The spokesperson explained the session had been developed after Tatura was donated a vehicle by the Merrigum CFA, which had requested if the unit could show the members some road-rescue techniques.

‘‘We invited them along and they brought some neighbouring brigades with them,’’ the spokesperson said.

‘‘We had CFA members on the tools for most of the evening, under the supervision of our road-rescue operators, to experience what requirements there are within road rescue extrication techniques.

‘‘Training (techniques) included stabilisation, glass management, hazard identification, quick bonnet and boot-entry techniques, initial access, flap-to-full roof-removal evolution and casualty management.’’

The spokesperson said it was empowering for members from the VICSES and CFA to bond and join forces.

‘‘(The training should enable) a better outcome for those unfortunate enough to be involved in a road crash,’’ the spokesperson said. ‘‘It was a great evening and was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone in attendance.

‘‘It’s one we hope to replicate soon.’’

■If you believe you would like to give something back to the local community by volunteering, feel free to email the unit at [email protected]

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