Yea Fire Brigade has boosted its rescue capability heading into the busy holiday period with eight additional members completing the Road Crash Rescue course recently.
The course, which was facilitated by CFA’s volunteer trainers and assessors, tested members across multiple drill scenarios to evaluate their capabilities and then put into practice what they had learnt.
The training project, which ran over several nights and weekends in October, was also supported by nearby Alexandra Fire Brigade, which provided the practical drill locations.
Rowville and other brigades in the area generously provided their members to cover the operations for participating brigades while they attended training in Yea.
Existing rescue operators at Yea brigade also used this opportunity to refresh and update their road crash rescue skills.
CFA’s District 12 Catchment Commander Paul Brislin said he’s incredibly proud of the commitment of Yea and other CFA members, staff and trainers that assisted with this outcome.
“We now have increased our service delivery capability to community at a critical point in time ready for the busy Christmas holiday travel period,” he said.
“CFA volunteers from many brigades across a few districts have given hours of their personal time to get to this point and I cannot thank them enough.”
Yea Captain Stephen Bennett said that this is a great outcome for the broader community and the Yea Fire Brigade.
“Thanks to all who pulled together to make this happen. It is a great sign of the teamwork and commitment within CFA,” he said.
Yea Rescue responds to rescue incidents in the high-risk settings of major highways, winding rural roads and in the urban area.
The brigade has a proud history of providing road crash rescue services to the local community and surrounding areas for many years.