Members of the State Emergency Services came from Tenterfield, Armidale, Taree, Newcastle, Gilgandra, Moree, Warialda and Bingara on the long weekend to take part in the annual Vertical Rescue weekend, north West region. A total of 21 people took part in the weekend.
On the Saturday the group went to Gravesend, where they worked on Gravesend water tower, carrying out about eight different rescue scenarios on the tower. On Sunday they went under the bridge on the river using both new and old edge management systems combined with a larkin frame.
“Once again we were able to confirmthat the new system is vastly superior,” SES Local controller, peter O’Brien said.“All the work was done in the rain and cold, added to the difficulty. We work in those conditions, so we train in those conditions”, Peter said.
“On Saturday night in the rain, we also did a night exercise called an English Reeve Highline on Halls Creek. This does the work of a flying fox”. The group used some of the older systems, and trialled some of the latest equipment.
North West SES members are some of the first to be given permission to use these systems against the old systems, and a report was sent through to chairman of working at heights committee from these weekends, and has been received very well.
Next year, those who took part plan to return. “They are all keener than mustard, and next year will be spending one more day of training,” Peter said.
During the weekend, Peter conducted mentoring sessions, teaching team leader awareness training.
The Bingara SES is looking for young active people who want to be challenged.“We can deliver that challenge by some of the things we are expected to do,” Peter concluded.