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Learning from the MCIU

Published 28/05/2013

Victoria State Emergency Service volunteers from across the state's south west got together recently to hear from Victoria Police's Major Collision Investigation Unit (MCIU).

Corio SES hosted the multi-agency event on Monday 27 May, which included SES volunteers from Geelong, Bellarine, Bannockburn, South Barwon and Torquay. Also in attendance were representatives from CFA's City Rescue, Lara and Lovely Banks. SES members with the MCIU

The Major Collision Investigation Unit was established in December 1957.  It includes 35 specialist investigators, comprising mechanics, reconstructionists, analysts and support staff. MCIU attends about 150 crashes each year statewide.

Chris Hayes and David Morris were guest speakers from the Major Collision Investigation Unit (MCIU).  They talked about the role and function of the MCIU, preservation of the scene and evidence.

David Morris said the unit normally attended accidents that featured more than three fatalities; were hit and runs, fatal or life threatening; included police pursuits;  collisions where there was evidence of criminal negligence by a surviving driver.

On attending a scene, David Morris said: “Be aware of what you’re driving or walking over. If you move anything on scene, make note of it and advise us.”

Corio SES Deputy Controller of Training, Kylie Abraham, said it was great to host a multi-agency event.

"I wanted to do this to broaden the scope of our own unit on an area that we are exposed to quite regularly. I felt that the night was very beneficial and it reiterated the important role we play in scene preservation," she said.

SES thanks Chris Hayes and David Morris from MCIU for their presentation and time, and CFA and SES units that attended.