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Broadford CFA & VICSES Seymour
The night of the 19th of September saw members of the Broadford Fire Brigade and VICSES Seymour undertake a joint road crash rescue training night..........
The night of the 19th of September saw members of the Broadford Fire Brigade and VICSES Seymour undertake a joint road crash rescue training night at the VICSES Seymour headquarters on Wimble Street in Seymour. The night was designed to increase the underpinning knowledge of both services when working together at a road rescue incident. The main focus of the evening was inter-agency interoperability (an all agencies all hazards approach) as well as key networking to get to know each other better before heading out to provide assistance to someone in need.
The night was a great success with both agencies undertaking some theory training on the systems approach methodology (a set of guidelines that governs how we respond and react to a road crash incident in a multi-agency environment) as well as speaking about the importance of working together on scene and our ultimate goal of helping the unfortunate person who has been involved in the road crash and is now entrapped.
The practical phase saw both agencies heading out to put the tools to the vehicle. The main focus of the practical side of the night was how tools operated, what equipment each agency had and how we could help each other. It was really great to see members of the Broadford Fire Brigade and VICSES Seymour actively seek out and question each other on their roles on scene and how to best support each other.
The practical phase of the night saw a technique called an inverted roof flap or “oyster” performed which involved accessing casualties in a car that was left upside down after a road crash by making strategic cuts on areas of the car to be able to raise the car off from its resting position while leaving the roof on the ground.
The end of the evening involved a demonstration of driver’s side steering wheel airbag deployment. It is believed all who witnessed the demonstration now have a better understanding and new found respect for passive safety systems in motor vehicles and what risk they pose to all agencies.
All members involved in the evening took away a lot of knowledge for the “mental toolbox” as well as new friendships. Both Broadford Fire Brigade and VICSES Seymour are looking forward to working together again in an effort to better serve our communities.
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