Multi agency exercise: Hillclimb

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taipan821
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Multi agency exercise: Hillclimb

Post by taipan821 » Sat Dec 02, 2017 2:09 am

Ok, so I just had a training exercise with the local technical rescue, rural fire fighters, the hazmat unit, police and the ambulance.

The scenario: An avid bushwalker had gone missing, he was last seen going to a hill (elevation 327m) to collect some rock samples. how mission was to locate and rescue him. this is what happened.

within 1/2 an hour of commencing the search, 2x members had to be retrieved and returned to HQ due to heat stress and aggravating existing injuries. while climbing the hill the missing person was located by sound, and a recce team was dispatched. the recce team got as close to the missing person's location, but was prevented from reaching him due to impassable terrain (cliffs). police were informed and the status of the missing person was obtained by shouting (trying to be discreet because the whole operation could hear me) Technical rescue was activated to abseil down and retrieve the patient.

the two members returned to HQ were assessed by paramedics and were instructed to attend the decon trailer. they cooled off in the aircon and by having a cold shower.

Lessons
-having a good shouty voice is very useful, we found the person much quicker than anticipated.
- water, water, water and just in case water!
- knowing one's limits
- more ATVs required for support roles (delivering supplies, transporting teams, retrieving casualties)

more to come
Vincent Tornado: 2013
Tropical Cyclone Ita: Category 5 landfall 2014
Tropical Cyclone Marcia: Category 5 landfall 2015
Tropical Cyclone Nathan: Category 3 landfall 2015
Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie: Category 4 landfall 2017

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Re: Multi agency exercise: Hillclimb

Post by taipan821 » Sat Dec 02, 2017 7:18 am

The second scenario of the day: A property owner had gone out in the morning to check fences, 1/2 hour later the horse returned, no rider. Search team was activated to search for the missing person. upon discovery a quick head to toe revealed a head injury, nil neurological effects, an impaled object, affecting the right lung (no distension, tightness in chest). provided first aid on scene, extracted pt via basket stretcher and ATV.

lessons learned.
- always know where you are to rapid extraction
- look at a map of the area, lots of back and forwards following creeks
- carry training supplies so your operational stuff doesn't get used for training purposes
Vincent Tornado: 2013
Tropical Cyclone Ita: Category 5 landfall 2014
Tropical Cyclone Marcia: Category 5 landfall 2015
Tropical Cyclone Nathan: Category 3 landfall 2015
Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie: Category 4 landfall 2017

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