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Working together

Published 03/08/2012

Members of Victoria State Emergency Service’s (SES) Craigieburn unit learned how to navigate a crime scene at a joint exercise last month.

The exercise, held July 15, brought SES volunteers together with their CFA counterparts and members of Victoria Police.

Peter Stanley, Operations Manager in SES’ Central Region, represented the service on the exercise’s organising committee.

He said the exercise had examined the legal issues surrounding emergency vehicle response, particularly the responsibility of drivers. Volunteers were also taught about ways to preserve a crime scene while performing their duties.

“At a rescue or an accident, all things being equal SES and CFA volunteers will be on the scene before police,” Mr Stanley said.

“And even when police arrive they may only be one or two members, with a much larger number of volunteers on scene. Those volunteers have got some responsibilities around evidence.

“The session highlighted the caution all agencies need to take when they flick on the lights and bells. That’s not something that’s done without due consideration for the needs of the driver, the crew and the general population.”

SES and CFA volunteers also took the opportunity to compare the equipment and vehicles at their disposal.

Mr Stanley said the get-together would build stronger links and understanding between the services which would benefit everyone when they met in the field.

“It certainly enhances the relationship,” he said.

“Volunteers have indicated this was a very worthwhile session.

“This is the first of what will hopefully be an at least yearly get together.”