Biggenden QAS and QFES officers along with Biggenden PCYC ES cadets as observers take part in a training exercise of a single-vehicle rollover.
Biggenden QAS and QFES officers along with Biggenden PCYC ES cadets as observers take part in a training exercise of a single-vehicle rollover.

Agencies work well together

JUST how do emergency services personnel respond when they answer the 000 call to a single-vehicle rollover with two people trapped.

This was the scenario for a Biggenden emergency services personnel training exercise, which at the end of the day highlighted good planning and preparation.

The focus of the exercise on a private property outside of Biggenden was predominately for QAS and QFES to have clear communication and practice safe methods of extrication at a single-vehicle rollover.

Biggenden QAS officer in charge Dee Creevey said the aim of the exercise was to have a strong focus on safety.

“And to ensure options or methods to approach a situation are considered, co-ordinated, communicated and understood by all prior to any action to ensure the welfare of all concerned,” she said.

Mrs Creevey said Biggenden was only a small community, resources were limited with QAS and QPS each only having two officers.

“As such responses are predominantly single officer,” she said.

“QFES have an allocation of 10 auxiliary officers, but currently only have six with one of the experienced officers due to retire this year.”

Mrs Creevey said the exercise provided an opportunity to provide additional experience to the newer members.

“Having limited resources, there is a heavy reliance on all personnel from a variety of emergency services to be able to work together and rely on each other,” she said.

“The exercise did achieve a focus on safety through clear communication and use of equipment to minimise risk.”

QFES incident controller Ed Monahan said hands-on experience was worth more than reading any book, especially with road crash rescue.

“There were no fatalities just difficult extrications,” he said.

“We are always looking and are in need of new members.”

Biggenden MPHS DON Heather McKellar assisted with feedback processes as did Lindsay Hetherington, a former workplace and safety officer.

“You do what needs to be done as efficiently as possible,” Mrs McKellar said.

“There was really good communication throughout the exercise.”

Biggenden PCYC ES cadets were also in attendance to observe the exercise and were used as bystanders to provide shade to the casualties.

Biggenden Local Ambulance Committee members also observed and provided a barbecue at the end of the exercise