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Emergency services combine to improve road crash rescue training


Whilst the road toll has sadly made the news far too many times in 2009, there has been some positive news with collaboration amongst the road crash rescue (RCR) sector in South Australia.

Currently our three emergency service agencies, the SA Metropolitan Fire Service (MFS), SA Country Fire (CFS) and the State Emergency Service (SES), regularly combine their skills and expertise out in the field and now they are doing the same behind the scenes in the area of RCR training.


A select group of training personnel from each agency are working together to develop a single training resource kit for implementation across the sector, with the aim of standardising training materials and methodologies to ultimately enhance the extrications performed out on the state's roads.

Coinciding with the research and development of the training materials, the CFS recently convened a professional development opportunity for the RCR Trainer Assessors of each agency.

Emergency Services combine to improve RCR skills

In July, the State Training Centre hosted a day of specialised training focusing on heavy vehicle rescues. With the support of CHUBB Fire Safety Adelaide, HOLMATRO International Rescue Specialist Brendon Morris was bought in for the day to deliver both theoretical and practical training. Brendon is based in the Netherlands and travels the world as a practitioner of both road rescue and urban search and rescue.

The day was attended by 25 trainers from the MFS, CFS and SES. After a morning of theory all attendees actively took part in applying their skills, knowledge and rescue tools to a scenario which involved a Coaster bus lying across a passenger vehicle.

The scenario allowed all the trainers to share their knowledge and experiences and clearly demonstrated was the enthusiasm and respect each agency had for their fellow rescuers to work along side each other and achieve a common goal. Feedback from all agency representatives indicated the day was beneficial.

This first collaborative training opportunity is to be a platform for the future development of road crash rescue trainers and training delivery in South Australia. With our rescuers working from a common standard we are progressing towards achieving more effective extrications and in turn, enhancing survival chances for those who are unfortunate enough to be requiring our services.


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