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Rescue skills put to the test in emergency training simulation

RACQ CareFlight Rescue’s medical and aviation experts will undergo a rigorous training session this weekend to refine their emergency air-medical retrieval skills.

Tomorrow at 10am the Sunshine Coast helicopter crew will be tested on their preparedness, response capabilities, decision making and rescue operation procedures during a simulated two-vehicle accident.

The training exercise involves a mock collision between a tourist bus and four-wheel drive in a mass-casualty incident, which will be constructed to be as realistic as possible.

The crash will be staged approximately two kilometres up the beach on Noosa north shore.

RACQ CareFlight Rescue’s Check and Training Pilot David Smith said the training helps prepare the crew for a major incident where several emergency responders are involved.

“The Queensland Coordination Centre will task the crew to the simulated crash site, as though it were a real incident,” Mr Smith said.

“This realistic process ensures the crew are ready to respond quickly to time-critical emergencies.

“Once on scene, our Critical Care Doctor and Flight Intensive Care Paramedic will practise assessing and treating injured patients.”

The exercise is also designed to test tactical coordination by helping to streamline emergency management operations between multiple agencies working together at the scene of a crash.

The multi-agency exercise will be attended by almost 60 emergency services staff and volunteers from the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, Queensland Ambulance Service, Queensland Police Service and SES.

Last year, RACQ CareFlight Rescue performed 250 air-medical rescues in the Sunshine Coast region, including 108 motor vehicle accidents.

RACQ CareFlight Rescue relies on the generosity of the community to continue its lifesaving work. The public can donate online.