Forty volunteers recently attended the annual Mid-West region rescue training weekend in Halls Gap.
Volunteers worked towards an accreditation known as General Rescue. This is the core qualification VICSES volunteers obtain and qualifies them to participate safely in an extensive range of emergency response activities. It also forms the foundation for specific rescue skill development.
Members participated in multiple general rescue scenarios such as handling z-rig pulley systems, casualty handling and other improvised rescue tasks.
VICSES Regional Officer Training Jarrod McLean said that the weekend was a success because everyone put in and achieved what they set out to do over the weekend.
“It’s always inspiring to see volunteers gain their General Rescue qualification and strengthen their capability and skills in rescue response in support of the wider community” he said.
“The weekend is also a great networking opportunity for members from across the region, from Bacchus Marsh to Edenhope, to discuss methods, best practice and share experiences in rescue response”
Kurt Winfield from the Edenhope Unit was presented with the Ian Maybery Award at the end of the weekend. The Ian Mayberry Award is presented annually to the participant that demonstrates enthusiasm, professional, practicality, innovation and excels in engaging a group. The Shield is dedicated to the memory of Ian Maybery who a leader, trainer, inspiration during his 25 years of Service to the Goroke VICSES. Throughout the weekend Kurt demonstrated his ability to assist others and was always willing to help and showed professionalism at all times.