MEMBERS of the Gunnedah’s emergency services came together and were put through their paces during a multi-agency training session recently.
Services including; Gunnedah Fire and Rescue, SES and Rural Fire Service took part in the sessions, which focused on dealing with serious traffic accidents.
Gunnedah Fire and Rescue captain Dave Welch said the training was “invaluable for all first responders”.
“I suppose the point of the training is to learn how to overcome difficult situations through teamwork,” Captain Welch said. “All of the services come together for these things and I think everyone who comes along really gets something out of it.”
Among other things, participants were trained in extraction of a trapped person following a car accident, and medical treatment following accidents.
“Whenever there is a really bad accident all of the different agencies come together,” Captain Welch said.
“So it is really important for us to practice those skills now so that when it does happen we are all really well prepared for it.”
Captain Welch said there was a strong bond between all of the local emergency service workers.
“There’s no doubt we all have a lot of respect for each other,” he said.
“When it comes down to it, I think we do a good job of working together.”