Combined response brings help closer

Nicolette BarbasHarvey-Waroona Reporter
Acting DFES superintendent South West Andrew Wright, Volunteer Deputy Local Manager Harvey State Emergency Service Todd Verrall, Harvey Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service Lieutenant Josh Jones and Harvey Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service Captain Scott Britza with the road crash rescue equipment.
Camera IconActing DFES superintendent South West Andrew Wright, Volunteer Deputy Local Manager Harvey State Emergency Service Todd Verrall, Harvey Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service Lieutenant Josh Jones and Harvey Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service Captain Scott Britza with the road crash rescue equipment. Credit: Nicolette Barbas

An agreement between two emergency services bodies will give residents and visitors travelling on Harvey roads peace of mind knowing help is closer than before.

The Road Crash Rescue Combined Response agreement between Harvey State Emergency Services and Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service brigade means more local emergency service volunteers will now be equipped with the necessary training to respond to road crash rescues.

So far the agreement has seen eight of Harvey’s VFRS volunteers undergo training to support the SES unit with road crash response.

The training covers three specific models; road crash rescue, managing injuries and casualty transfer boards, which once completed will qualify the members to support the SES in a hands-on capacity at the scene of a crash.

Acting DFES Superintendent South West Andrew Wright hopes this will provide a community-focused solution to the declining number of volunteers.

“We recognise that with the increase of fly in fly out volunteers and family/work commitments there is a decline in the number of members able to assist in emergency situations,” he said.

“We could have all the equipment in the world, but if we don’t have the volunteers to man the appliances then we’ll never be able to provide a reasonable service for the community.

“This is a great example of the brigade and unit coming together to provide a community-focused solution to declining numbers of volunteers.”

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