Emergency response test
Thursday, 27th March, 2014
By Nick Gibbs
The skill and resolve of emergency services and students from the University Department of Rural health will be tested today as a simulated crisis unfolds somewhere in Broken Hill.
Students will have the chance to gain hands-on experience treating casualties in the field during a rescue situation, and the response and adherence to standing operating procedures by emergency services will be tested.
The annual exercise is developed by the BH Emergency Management Committee and UDRH who have put months into planning it.
“The planning committee has been meeting regularly for about the last six months,” Barrier Local Area Command Inspector Matt Scott told the BDT yesterday.
“There are representatives from all agencies involved.”
Inspector Scott said the exercise also provided the chance to promote the working relationships between the groups.
“It creates a great opportunity for emergency services to come together and build on those necessary relationships,” he said, adding that there was already a good rapport.
Representatives of the NSW Police Force, State Emergency Service,
Ambulance Service and Fire and Rescue NSW will take part in the exercise as will members of the Australian Rail and Track Corporation, BH City Council, Mines Rescue Perilya and locals playing the roles of the victims in the “emergency”.
Last year, the emergency services tested their response at a mock plane crash at the airport.