Rescue Day big success
THE Coffs Coast community got a taste of the day in the life of emergency services at the Rescue Open Day at Coffs Harbour Airport today.
Westpac Life Saver Helicopter Service collaborated with other local emergency services including the SES and the SES Swift Water Rescue, police, the NSW Rural Fire Service and NSW Fire & Rescue and Aviation Rescue, to display their equipment to educate locals about the important work of emergency crews.
Kids were invited to have a look inside a Westpac Life Saver helicopter, fire trucks, police mobile command vans as well as the Aviation Rescue's massive 30 tonne Mark 8 Panther truck, one of three at the Coffs Harbour Airport used in aviation fires.
SES crews also demonstrated the function of the Jaws of Life used to cut people out of cars in accidents.
Fundraising manager for the Westpac Life Saver Helicopter, Zeke Huish said the community showed overwhelming support on the day.
"The Coffs Coast have come out in a big way to support the day," he said.
The community later saw some emergency crews in action as they were called out to assist with a car accident just outside Toormina.
SES crews and fire fighters present at the Westpac Open day were called to Hogbin Drive to attend a car accident where a car went off into the scrub.
The car off the road and into the scrub at approximately 12:30pm, emergency services were quick on the scene and wenched the car out swiftly.
Traffic was back to normal within half an hour of the incident, there were no fatalities.
The services that attended the scene soon returned to the open day and continued in the days festivities.