Emergency responders combine training efforts ahead of bushfire season


Redland City Council is participating in a disaster management training event alongside the State Emergency Services, Rural Fire Service Queensland, Queensland Police Service, Queensland Ambulance Service, Brisbane City Council and Moreton Bay Regional Council. For more information, see the release below from Queensland Fire and Emergency Services.

 

Brisbane emergency service providers will combine forces with local councils for a major training exercise this weekend to get ready for the upcoming bushfire season.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) will be holding a tactical training day on Saturday to expose fellow emergency response agencies to scenarios that they could come across during a bushfire emergency.

Approximately 250 staff and volunteers from agencies such as the State Emergency Service (SES), Rural Fire Service Queensland (RFSQ), Queensland Police Service (QPS), Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS), Redland City Council (RCC), Brisbane City Council (BCC) and Moreton Bay Regional Council (MBRC) will participate in the training.

Exercise Director Michael Dwyer said the day would be designed to provide attendees with an awareness and understanding of how QFES operates at different scenarios as well as give an insight into how these agencies could assist with these emergencies.

“We will be running three different scenarios on the day; a simulated car crash, a structural fire and a search and rescue situation which could all happen if the Brisbane, Moreton Bay Region or the Redlands were affected by a bushfire emergency,” he said.

“There will be three taskforces made up of representatives from each agency who will attend these simulated incidents and respond to them as if they were real emergencies for 90 minutes each.

“We want to provide staff and volunteers from support agencies with an awareness of what they could be faced with so they can apply their skills to assist with the overall response.”

Media are invited to attend the training day and observe the response to the simulated scenarios.

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