Emergency skills tested to the Xtreme
IT LOOKED like panic stations around the Coffs Harbour Jetty Foreshores as more than 100 emergency service personnel from across northern New South Wales tested their skills and responses to mock emergencies.
Xtreme 3, involving NSW Ambulance, Marine Rescue, NSW Water Police, Community First Responders State Emergency Service crews and paramedics, has for three years provided useful training to personnel throughout Northern New South Wales.
The focus on Saturday was emergency management across large-scale incidents.
Scenarios included a motor vehicle accident with patients trapped in an overturned car, and a marine emergency with passengers thrown from vessels and laying injured on a rock wall.
NSW Ambulance Superintendent Susan Webster, who manages the state's volunteers and Community First Responders, said Coffs Harbour emergency service and marine personnel worked with volunteers to build on their expertise in emergency responses.
"Our volunteers donate their time to be available to respond at any time of the day or night to medical emergencies," Superintendent Webster said.
"They are not only a tremendous credit to their communities but are extremely well-valued by NSW Ambulance."
On Saturday night, Ambulance Commissioner Ray Creen hosted a dinner, which saw Flight Paramedic Scott Hardes give the keynote address explaining his experience in Japan and Christchurch as part of the Australian Urban Search and Rescue team disaster deployments in 2011.