Training tests CFA crews

THE South Gippsland Group of Brigades held a training day on Sunday in the Inverloch area, to help volunteers develop their skills.
Volunteers from Inverloch, Pound Creek, Tarwin Lower, Meeniyan, Dumbalk, Yanakie, Foster, Toora and Welshpool CFA brigades were involved.
The group holds training days twice a year, not only for skills maintenance, but also to provide a challenge for volunteers.
This training day was focused on structural incidents.
South Gippsland group officer Walter Aich said crews were given three scenarios to work through on the day, including a HAZMAT incident, a search and rescue incident and a gas bullet venting incident.
He said five tankers and one ultra light were involved on the day, with about 30 personnel.
“It was not as big a turn out as we had hoped, but it was reasonable,” Mr Aich said.
The search and rescue scenario was held at Inverloch-Kongwak Primary School, which allowed the CFA the use of a classroom for the exercise.
Inverloch member Mick Hughes said they filled a classroom with smoke to simulate an isolated structure fire.
“We had a search element for the breathing apparatus operators and an external attack as well, for those without breathing apparatus,” he said.
“We talked about how we would approach the situation in real life and what safety issues there were to look for.”
Mr Hughes would like to thank the primary school for allowing use of the classroom.

Help me: one of the exercises at the South Gippsland Group of Brigades training day was a search and rescue in a smoke filled building, which Mick Hughes from Inverloch brigade and South Gippsland group officer Walter Aich were setting up.

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