SES volunteers Dane Bennett (Roma) and John Wallace (Charleville) in a drill at Roma.
SES volunteers Dane Bennett (Roma) and John Wallace (Charleville) in a drill at Roma. Ellen Ransley

Training prepares emergency workers for future accidents

AN INCREASE in the numbers of heavy vehicle accidents prompted a weekend training exercise with first responders, emergency workers and towing companies from the region.

Wandoan and Miles fire and emergency service officers joined their Roma counterparts at the two-day exercise, alongside SES volunteers from Charleville and Roma and external contractors from around the region.

Crews were involved in scenario training for new specialised equipment for vehicle rescue, Roma station officer Stewy Dundas said.

"In the event of an incident where a heavy vehicle has a car or motor- bike stuck underneath, we now have the equipment to lift the trailer.

"This is becoming more likely out here on our roads, due to the amount of heavy vehicles on the highways.

"We are being proactive to ensure our staff have the training on equipment to facilitate the rescue.”

”We will be conducting this sort of training four times a year in the stations close to Roma, using it as a central hub with the resources that we have here.”


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