The exercise began as a training exercise at Yallourn North Fire Station, where the scenario gradually unfolded.
A bushfire had started to the north of Woorabinda School Camp, the forecast weather conditions were for a 30 degree plus day with winds of up 35km and due to a long drought the whole area was dry.
The school camp was occupied by seventy grade 5 children and 21 staff, the bushfire was spreading towards the school camp. CFA Operations Officer Simon Bloink explained “This enabled all the agencies involved to see the discussion that takes place leading to the final decision to evacuate the camp.”
The scenario moved on to a field exercise and Victoria Police lead the evacuation of the camp with CFA crews focusing on keeping the evacuation route open. The exercise organiser decided to throw a spanner in the works by crashing a bus leading to several dummy casualties. Ambulance
Simon Bloink summed up the simulation by saying “This exercise was a great opportunity for all agencies to work together, to build working relationships, the more each agency understands each others responsibilities and work environments then this leads to a more co-ordinated approach to the incident.”