Kimba CFS and SES hold crash rescue training

RESCUE: CFS volunteers conduct a mock rescue as part of their road crash response training at Kimba.
RESCUE: CFS volunteers conduct a mock rescue as part of their road crash response training at Kimba.

The Kimba CFS and SES have jointly held a road crash rescue training for CFS volunteers to expand the skill set among a smaller group of emergency responders in the district.

Four local volunteers and two participants from Whyalla completed the training, which was conducted by trainers from Port Lincoln, Port Augusta and Adelaide.

Ian 'Pump' Davey from the Kimba CFS said the two volunteer organisations organised the training to manage shortages in SES volunteers.

He said both groups in the district were having problems with responder numbers, especially during working hours.

"Both services are looking for new members," he said.

'Pump' said in the current economic climate, it was harder for people to justify leaving their place of work to respond in emergency situations.

"We just haven't got the people to do it."

He said ten years ago, it was not uncommon for businesses to allow volunteers to respond during work without losing pay, but this was no longer viable in the modern world.

Following course, held from Friday night to Sunday night earlier this month, the four local volunteers now have the training to respond to a road crash when the SES requires assistance.

"CFS is assisting SES in delivering that service," 'Pump' said.

He said he anticipated the two services would be working closer together into the future to manage smaller volunteer numbers.

"It's really critical that we keep that service here," he said.

'Pump' thanked the Kimba District Council for providing the course with vehicles to cut up for rescue simulations throughout the weekend.