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Joint training a success
Representatives from Merri and Belfast Group and personnel from Warrnambool and Port Fairy SES recently attended a combined training session. Hosted by local Warrnambool car dealership, Callaghan Motors Pty Ltd, the training was aimed at providing information on electric and hybrid cars for first responders.
Belfast DGO and Callaghan Motors employee Steve McDowell saw the benefit of such training for emergency services volunteers in the area, and was quick to make the suggestion to the local Catchment Team.
Arrangements were made for technicians from both Holden and Mitsubishi to attend the evening and provide information about the respective Volt and i-MiEV vehicles.
“The session covered vehicle safety features and disabling in fire and road rescue situations. Vehicles were present on the night for members to inspect and service technicians on hand to answer any questions,” said Mr McDowell.
The session was well received by personnel across both emergency services organisations, with many appreciating the opportunity to catch up and broaden their skills in a great learning environment, instead of on the side of the road at a real incident.
Special thanks to Stephen Callaghan and the team at Callaghan Motors for the opportunity and assistance to coordinate this training, use of their facility and catering on the evening.