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Heavy rescue challenges
The CFA Rescue Association organised a heavy rescue training weekend recently at Fiskville to challenge the skills of rescue operators state-wide.
The course covered fundamental basics of scene preservation, circle work both inner & outer, glass management, stabilisation and tool-work.
Course Instructor Russell Gray said “The idea is to do this as methodically as possible because most of the props we have here are much larger and more complicated than you would find at a normal RAR (Road Accident Rescue) training ground session and a lot more skill and teamwork is required to complete these tasks.”
“Once we get the process down-pat we will have consistent methods right across the whole state by having representatives from each group.”
Crews from around the state were mixed altogether and split into separate groups to work on new ideas and challenge them not just with conventional car vs. car incidents but also with heavy vehicles into cars and other significant impacts.
Industrial incidents have also been introduced because a lot of towns have become industrialised and the risk of entrapments will increase and crews need to be up-to date with those skills. This may also include hospital/medical entrapments such as rings and other mechanical intrusions to be removed.
Russell said “As a result we are up tempo-ing the scenarios to challenge members and have them think outside the circle with a wide variety of incidents they may never have come across.”
It is intended to run the course every year and it has doubled this time around with over fifty team players involved. In the future the course may be split in half and run in two parts as there is interest from other emergency services and organisations to be a part of this specialised training across Victoria.
Car manufacturers are also interested with the exchange of knowledge this type of training highlights with design and techniques.
In its infancy Jimmy Dore helped this specialised training get into motion and it is a credit to him and those who have helped to make this work over the years. The exercise was about volunteers training volunteers, the same as our new technology for cars weekend at Lang Lang to be held in conjunction with GMH in October.
Russell is the only staff member on the CFA Rescue Association Executive and the effort, skill and knowledge he put into the weekend made it what it was. The whole training committee also deserves high praise as it took around six months to plan the weekend.
Footnote: The team would love to receive donations of disused farming equipment and machinery large or small (including tractors, headers, conveyors etc.) and likewise with industrial equipment such as augers or any equipment that would be involved with an entrapment.
Please contact Kevin Chisholm (0418-335664) or Darryl Wells (0417-034380) with donation details.