Rochester rollover in multi-agency response

Rochester rollover in multi-agency response

16/08/2021, 5:34 PM

Today, our Victoria State Emergency Service (VICSES) Rochester Unit equipped with Road Air Industrial Rail (RAIR) response, were called shortly after 2pm to attend a vehicle rollover at Bamawm, in the state’s northwest.

The vehicle, which contained a single passenger, had gone off-road into trees and lay on its side.

When VICSES Rochester Unit volunteers arrived on scene, they worked to stabilise the vehicle, which at that point was lying in a table drain.

VICSES crews then began removing the parts of the vehicle to gain access to the patient.

The well-trained VICSES crew cut away sections of the roof, to allow Ambulance Victoria paramedics to make a full assessment of the patient.

As the paramedics performed the necessary checks, our VICSES road crash rescue crew created an egress or “exit” strategy, which was utilised to assist the extraction of patient with the assistance of paramedics on scene.

Quote attributable to VICSES Rochester Unit Incident Commander Judith Gledhill:

“All services worked really well together, from the Country Fire Authority (CFA) assessing the fire risk, Victoria Police managing the perimeter, Ambulance Victoria taking care of the patient and our experienced crews, extricating the patient from the vehicle.”