ABOVE RIGHT: Queensland Fire Emergency Service personal get gear ready for the Vertical lift rescue.
ABOVE RIGHT: Queensland Fire Emergency Service personal get gear ready for the Vertical lift rescue.

Crews join for rescue exercise

A MULTI Agency Rescue Exercise was conducted at Killarney on Sunday.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Killarney Captain Bruce Lewis said the exercise included the Killarney QFES Auxiliary, Warwick QFES, Killarney Rural Fire Brigade, Warwick Queensland Ambulance Service , Killarney First Responders and the Killarney Police.

The simulated exercise on the day was to retrieve injured patients from down a 60m embankment which included a vertical lift rescue.

Mr Lewis said the Killarney First Responders attended to the 'victims' at the bottom of the embankment before the QFES personal from Warwick and Killarney and Killarney Rural Fire Brigade combined to do the vertical lift, bringing the patients from the bottom of the embankment up to the top for initial treatment.

Mr Lewis said the exercise went really well and it was good to have the different services working together and learning how each works.

At the completion of the exercise they had a hot debrief on site where they looked at the positives and negatives of the exercise, before having another debrief back at the Killarney Fire Station after a sausage sizzle to round out the day.

In a case of a rescue the debriefs are held to look at how things worked and to see how different personnel handled the situation.

Killarney Police Sergeant Brad Doyle, who recently moved to Killarney, said it was great to see the different services work together in a successful exercise.



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