New vollies receive rescue training
Three new members of Wagin Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service used the “jaws of life” for the first time last week.
Each month, members of Wagin VFRS get hands-on training with equipment used in real-life incidents, according to captain Travis Hamersley.
“We did what is called maintenance training, it’s not learning anything new, it’s reinforcing the skills that we’ve got and teaching the newer members — exposing them to all the tools that we use and trialling different ways to do the same job,” he said.
“It’s to keep our skills sharp so we can do the best job we can in the real world.”
Wagin VFRS simulated a road crash at the town’s refuse site last Tuesday.
“Some of the newer members had their first experience using the hydraulic cutters and spreaders, commonly referred to as the jaws of life,” Mr Hamersley said.
“Most commented on how heavy they (jaws of life) felt after a short time using them but how quickly they can be used to gain access to the inside of the vehicle.
“Brigade members also had a chance to experiment with different ways to gain access to door hinges by using battery drills, saws and battery rattle guns.
“It was great to be able to try these methods out without the added pressure of being at an actual accident scene,” Mr Hamersley said.
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