Search and rescue at La Trobe

nurse_standard_TOCFA fire trucks and firefighters, and an ambulance will join forces with La Trobe University paramedicine students and the critical incident response team to take part in a simulated emergency.

La Trobe University’s Director, Risk Management, Dr Carl Gibson said that such practice sessions are invaluable in helping to prepare staff and students for a major incident.

‘While we hope never to find ourselves in situations like this, experience of a real life emergency situations is important for our students and staff as well as community volunteer organisations’.

La Trobe University’s Paramedicine Course Coordinator, Ms Susan Furness said ‘being able to participate in this type of exercise provides hands-on experience of major mass casualty incidents for our paramedicine students. It enhances the training they gain through the academic program that should greatly assist them when they join the workforce.’

Dr Gibson said that the CFA and Ambulance Victoria have been great supporters of the concept.

‘We are delighted that the CFA crews at the Golden Square and Kangaroo Flat stations have agreed to participate. Their presence will make the simulation as true to life as possible and enable University staff and students to gain practical skills that can be applied should the need ever arise.

‘The University is also pleased that we are able to support CFA training needs  by providing access to this unique environment.’

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