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A day of emergencies at the harbour

Water police and other emergency services will respond to simulated rescues at the harbour on Friday.
Water police and other emergency services will respond to simulated rescues at the harbour on Friday. ROB WRIGHT

EMERGENCY services will stage a series of simulated rescue scenarios on the harbour on Friday morning.

Codenamed Xtreen2 the mock emergency will see Water Police coordinate an ocean rescue and casualty transfer at sea.

Ambulance paramedics will also be involved in a beach emergency response while Coffs Harbour State Emergency Service units and crews from the Coffs Harbour Fire and Rescue station will respond to a road crash rescue.

Michael Young, Clinical Training Officer from the Lismore Training Unit of Ambulance Service NSW is coordinating the exercise along with representatives from each of the other rescue services.

"The exercise came about because of the need to test the interaction between and the assistance and support that each rescue service can give to the other in emergency situations," Mr Young said.

"Each service has a clearly defined role in a rescue situation, but it is imperative that we are able to work together quickly and efficiently to achieve the best outcome for a casualty."

The exercise will be staged in three scenarios around the Coffs Harbour Yacht Club and Water Police Headquarters commencing at 9am.

Each scenario will be made as realistic as possible with flares and smoke on the water for the Water Police rescue plus old vehicles for the road crash.

It is intended that this will become an annual exercise involving each of the rescue services in Coffs Harbour.

Topics:  coffs harbour, emergency services, marina


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