Coffs harbour SES crew Jill Gill, Kahla Craig, Bec Gill, Terry Griffis, Ian Gill and  Bill Roffey.  16  November 2015.  Photo  Trevor Veale/Coffs Coast Advocate
Coffs harbour SES crew Jill Gill, Kahla Craig, Bec Gill, Terry Griffis, Ian Gill and Bill Roffey. 16 November 2015. Photo Trevor Veale/Coffs Coast Advocate Trevor Veale

Multi-agency rescue exercise for Coffs

A MARINE rescue, a road crash, and a burning kitchen will set the stage in a series of emergency rescue exercises in Coffs Harbour tomorrow.

120 emergency service personnel will refine their skills in five staged scenarios around the Coffs Harbour Deep Sea Fishing Club – one of the largest exercises ever undertaken on the Coffs Coast.

Scenarios will include a simulated water evacuation by Water Police and Volunteer Marine Rescue, a spinal injury recovery off rocks, a road crash casualty by the SES, and Fire and Rescue NSW will be involved with extinguishing a kitchen fire and managing smoke inhalation.

It is designed to test the skills of community first responders who are trained by Ambulance NSW and operate in remoter areas.

Sharon White, a clinical training officer with NSW Ambulance, said each scenario will be made as realistic as possible using actors, old vehicles for the road crash and smoke for the fire scenario.

“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,” Ms White said.

“Each service has a clearly defined role in an incident involving rescue, and it is imperative that we are able to work together quickly and efficiently to achieve the best outcome for a casualty.”

Rescue exercises are staged biennially on the Coffs Coast and will also involve training on new equipment and services.



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