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Local volunteers join forces
Volunteer members from CFA’s Mitchell Group recently joined forces with members from SES units from Bairnsdale and Bruthen to run through a range of simulated training exercises on and around Mt Taylor.
The incidents included a simulated light plane crash with multiple casualties and simulated motor vehicle accidents including a variety of dangerous chemicals, unsecured LPG cylinders and occupant injuries. The volunteers from CFA and SES worked side by side on each scenario, working through the challenges encountered.
“The day was a great success and a huge thank you goes out to the many brigade volunteers who planned and delivered the various training scenarios. Without support from so many volunteers this type of valuable training just wouldn’t be possible,” said Group Officer Cousin.
Brigades involved in the training exercises were: Bairnsdale, Paynesville, Hillside, Glenaladale, Flaggy Creek, Sarsfield, Headquarters and Mt Taylor.
Among the crews from CFA and SES were many newer recruits who used the opportunity to expand their skills and be better prepared in the face of real-life emergencies. Local Red Cross were also on hand to provide catering for the more than 60 emergency services volunteers.
Both CFA and SES volunteers respond to a vast variety of emergency situations throughout the year, including bushfires, motor vehicle accidents, building fires, missing persons, assisting Ambulance Victoria paramedics, and even freeing cats stuck in unusual places. These volunteers can be called upon any time - 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
If you would like more information on becoming a volunteer and helping your local community please contact CFA office in Bairnsdale on 5152 3048 during business hours, SES on 1300 842 737 or the Red Cross on 1800 131 701.