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Rescue on Mt Buffalo
Bright SES Unit and two CFA brigades were called to a rescue on Mount Buffalo on Saturday 4 November.
By Graham Gales
A party of walkers were coming down the Big Walk when one of the group slipped on rocks above Mackey’s Lookout and hurt his ankle. It was unclear whether it was broken or not, but he couldn’t continue down the track.
It was probably the biggest rescue the Unit has done, as the casualty was well over 100kg (we were told he was 130kg).
Given the location (about 1.5 k from Mackey’s Lookout up towards the Chalet) and the type of track (very rocky and uneven), we requested and received some assistance from Yackandandah SES Unit and CFA volunteers from Bright and Myrtleford brigades
In all, 20 people responded to the call – nine from SES, seven from CFA, two from Ambulance Victoria, two from Victoria Police and one from Parks Victoria.
The carry took over three hours to complete, from the time the first crews left the car park until the casualty was in the ambulance.
Once again, the stretcher wheel proved its worth. Without the wheel, we would have needed at least another 10 people and would have taken at least another hour. A stretcher wheel is a frame and wheel that can be attached to a Stokes litter/basket stretcher to help move the stretcher. It takes much of the weight off the stretcher bearers.