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Driver training at Shepparton
Forty CFA members from District 22 attended driver training in Shepparton on a very cool and windy evening last Monday.
By Shepparton Senior Station Officer Leigh Allan
CFA members from Shepparton, Mooroopna, Kialla, Arcadia and Shepparton East brigades attended the three-hour session at the Driver Education Centre of Australia (DECA) on the driving elements of 'Wipe off 5'.
CFA's approved driving instructors (ADIs) spoke about the difficulties of driving at night, the different behaviour of vehicles at speed, breaking and evasive driving. Two local tankers and brigade-owned vehicles were used to help demonstrate stopping and changing lanes.
There were a lot of lessons learned on the night and plenty of laughs among the group. One member said, “It was a fantastic night and it was great to put into practice what the ADIs were explaining”. Another member said, “It was a great opportunity to make members aware of the importance of driving under operational conditions. Tonight's night exercise really showed the group the concentration required when driving”.
An invitation was offered to Shepparton Search & Rescue to attend and join to strengthen the working relationship between them and CFA. This opportunity also allowed SS&R to demonstrate their new lighting tower and rescue vehicle to light up the main driving area. They were also able to use their own vehicle in some of the practical demonstrations.
One SS&R member said, “It's vital this type of training is provided to emergency services. The information and demonstrations tonight have been very valuable for our members”.
Meals were served using the District 22 catering trailer which provided members a hearty meal before the training. Thanks to Shepparton Fire Brigade for providing the meals.
All members walked away with a new-found view on driving at night and the risk factors associated with driving. Special thanks to the D22 training manager, Operations Officer Glenn Jennings and his team for making this night happen and especially to the members of the brigades that attended.