*Article by Gippsland Structural Instructor Shaun Riley.
I headed East with the intention of delivering a Hazmat awareness course on the Saturday, with some skills maintenance to follow on the Sunday.
Saturday 15 saw Cann River bathed in sunshine with members from Cann Valley and Mallacoota in attendance for the course.
The day went well with the group walking to the neighbouring school in the afternoon to discuss the initial operational considerations if it was involved in a Hazmat incident. The day was a success with all attendees proving competent with their assessment.
Sunday morning was an equally glorious day and members from Cann Valley, Mallacoota and Gypsy Point gathered at the Cann Valley station to take part in some skills maintenance training for motor vehicle accident attendance.
Shortly after 9 o’clock the convoy of trucks headed out on the road to Bombala, to the local SES headquarters where the SES officer Andrew Filmer had arranged a combined exercise with SES, Royal Ambulance Victoria, CFA and even the local Remote Area Nurse.
Andrew Filmer introduced everyone then got the day started with a show and tell of the SES appliances and their equipment. This was followed up with a familiarisation of an ambulance and a paramedic single response unit.
Then it was the turn of the CFA and Cann Valley 1st Lieutenant Rose Young stood up to the plate and gave a very comprehensive talk on the tanker, its equipment and its uses.
The rest of the morning was spent attending a simulated motor vehicle accident with one person trapped.
Initially SES arrived and stabilised the vehicle and the casualty before the Ambulance staff assessed the casualty and advised the SES what was needed. In the meantime the CFA had arrived, set up fire suppression equipment and offered their support any way they could.
The mission was successful with the casualty being removed from the vehicle as the SES removed both side doors and the ‘B’ post, then it was all hands on deck to carry the casualty to the ambulance for transfer.
The session was finished off with lunch in the SES Headquarters with war stories being shared throughout.
The Cann River SES Controller said the day was a great success.
“We are hoping to continue working together to strengthen the bonds between the emergency services within our community and maintain the high level of response we can afford our township and surrounding area.”
Rose Young 1st Lieutenant with Cann Valley Brigade added “Andrew has put together a great day and this shows how well we can work together when we train together.”
You may be pleased to know that the casualty was placed back in the SES store ready for the next exercise.
If ever you are driving through Cann River give the local emergency services a thought but try not to call upon them!