Volunteers and first responders for Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) and the State Emergency Service (SES) are more prepared to help people in need after a training program where they joined forces.
Firefighters from the 385 Moss Vale station recently hosted the SES crew from Wingecarribee for a two week program, explaining the techniques they use to carry out a variety of different rescues.
The SES volunteers then staged a mock two-vehicle road crash, and encouraged the fire crew to extricate five "patients" from the simulated wreckage.
During the mock rescue, they had to use the skills, knowledge and equipment shared between the rescue organisations.
"By sharing each other's years of experience, these first responders can call on different, proven techniques in the heat of an emergency to get the job done," SES Southern Highlands local commander Dylan Whitelaw said.
"There was a lot of know-how that the operators from FRNSW and SES were willing to share to improve their emergency response capabilities," said FRNSW commander Bruce Dowling.
"I can see both organisations doing more of this cross-training to improve our skillsets and safely respond to life-threatening incidents as required."
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