Maryborough Station officer Warren McKean and firefighter Wayne Ackerly participating in a heavy vehicle road crash rescue exercise.
Maryborough Station officer Warren McKean and firefighter Wayne Ackerly participating in a heavy vehicle road crash rescue exercise. Robyne Cuerel

Fireys take crash course in rescue at Susan River

A CAR crushed under a semitrailer, a dramatic car rollover, and a head-on collision between two vehicles.

It sounds like the headlines from a horror week on our roads - but fortunately it was only the focus of a week of intensive hands-on training carried out by Fraser Coast firefighters at Susan River Homestead.

Maryborough's professional development officer Mark Stuart said crews from the Torquay and Maryborough stations had undertaken heavy vehicle rescue training this week and it would continue next week as firefighters prepared for different scenarios.

In all, five instructors will provide training to more than 30 fire and rescue personnel over the week-long training event.

Mr Stuart said while no crash scene was ever the same, the scenarios would help prepare the crews for what they might see at the scene of an accident.

"We had a couple of different scenarios," Mr Stuart said.

"We had a scenario where a semitrailer rolled, crushing a vehicle, a head-on crash, a small truck on top of a vehicle and normal cars, one positioned on its roof and one on its side."

The training had also given firefighters the chance to work with new equipment and undergo equipment awareness training before using it at the scene of a crash, he said.

Mr Stuart said the training would prove particularly useful for the Maryborough crew, which often attended serious crashes on the Bruce Hwy.

"You never know what's going to happen at a crash and no two incidents are ever exactly alike," Mr Stuart said.

The training will continue on Monday and Tuesday.



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