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Road rescue training at Manangatang
Road rescue training and assessments at Manangatang
Manangatang is located 450km north of Melbourne and 160Km from Mildura in a prime grain producing area. The brigade is one of CFA's road rescue brigades responsible for the extrication of casualties from vehicle collisions and includes farming and industrial accidents.
Recently two instructors (SSO Daryl Owen and LFF Alec Draffin) from CFA's Bangholme attended the brigade over two weekends to conduct some training and assessments for members from Manangatang and Robinvale. The Robinvale members assist Manangatang and Robinvale SES.
LFF Cameron Grambau has been conducting training with the brigade for the last few months culminating in the recent assessment of which all candidates passed. Operations Office Joel Davey has been organizing the logistics of the training with District 18 training department.
Despite the brigade receiving only a few rescue calls per year and even less actual extractions, Captain John Hughes leads a dedicated team to ensure CFA can provide the capability for fires and rescues in this remote area. With the next rescue appliance more than an hour away and providing support to the neighboring SES units it is not uncommon for the Manangatang Rescue to travel 45minutes to more than 1hour in any direction.