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Emergency services put to the test

Wednesday, 21st February, 2018

Broken Hill Police, Firefighters, SES, Paramedics and City Council members all worked together yesterday morning for a safety drill involving a medical emergency with a light aircraft pilot. Broken Hill Police, Firefighters, SES, Paramedics and City Council members all worked together yesterday morning for a safety drill involving a medical emergency with a light aircraft pilot.

By Myles Burt

Far West Emergency Services and the Broken Hill City Council banded together yesterday to test out an emergency scenario at the Broken Hill Airport.

The morning drill involved a medical emergency with a light aircraft pilot upon take off, with services having to establish the safety of the aircraft and remove the pilot for further treatment at the hospital.

Superintendent Paul Smith said emergency services tested different plans after hosting a larger scenario involving a commercial airline incident a couple of years ago.

“At least every couple of years these plans are tested. Not only our plans for the airport, but other emergency plans.” 

This year the airport plan was revised through the Local Emergency Management Committee to make sure crucial pieces such as contact details, form-up points and site control are all in check, Supt. Smith said.

Broken Hill Police, Fire Brigade, SES, Ambulance Service and City Council all worked together.

“It’s about all our emergency services and those other agencies involved getting together, testing our plans in a controlled environment like today so we can get it right.

“We want to make sure we can give the right service to the public.”

Supt. Smith said emergency services could have easily chopped and changed today’s plan if it had involved a commercial airline with a number of causalities.

“The response would’ve covered a number of scenarios,” he said.

“You have that initial call and you might get a little information and as things unfold, it might be a lot bigger than you first expect, and you’ve got to be prepared for that.”

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