Namoi SES and Ambulance paramedics practice flood rescue at Chaffey Dam near Nundle

Emergency exercise: Two rescuers abseil down the morning glory spillway at Chaffey Dam on Tuesday morning as part of the training operation between Ambulance NSW and the SES. Photo: State Emergency Service

Emergency exercise: Two rescuers abseil down the morning glory spillway at Chaffey Dam on Tuesday morning as part of the training operation between Ambulance NSW and the SES. Photo: State Emergency Service

PARAMEDICS and SES volunteers have had a rescue operation of a different kind, all in the name of training.

The Ambulance NSW and SES crews from Armidale and Tamworth practiced vertical and flood rescues at Chaffey Dam, near Nundle, on Tuesday morning.

Going down: A bird's eye view of two paramedics as they head down the spillway of Tamworth's water supply. Photo: State Emergency Service

Going down: A bird's eye view of two paramedics as they head down the spillway of Tamworth's water supply. Photo: State Emergency Service

“We’re collaborating together so that we can work better together in an emergency when and if we’re required,” Namoi SES Deputy Controller Heath Stimson said.

On the up: Two rescuers are lifted back up the morning glory spillway during the training exercise. Photo: State Emergency Service

On the up: Two rescuers are lifted back up the morning glory spillway during the training exercise. Photo: State Emergency Service

“The paramedics and SES volunteers were out in flood boats performing flood rescues to simulate people trapped in flood waters and we also carried out rescue training up and down the morning glory spillway.

About 20 rescuers from both organisations took to the water for the exercise.

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