Ready to respond

Local emergency crews responded to a series of simulated situations at the Circular Head Community and Recreation Centre as part of the MediSim program on Tuesday. Volunteers were to identify and respond to a car accident where the driver was trapped in the vehicle and a baby missing from its car seat. Pictures: Ashleigh Force. 

Course. Emergency service volunteers from along the north-west coast combined to complete specialist emergency trauma training in Smithton on Tuesday.

The MediSim program, facilitated by national aeromedical charity CareFlight, simulates emergency situations and provides the necessary training for specific injuries and scenarios.

SES, police, ambulance and fire volunteers took part in the day-long workshop held at the Circular Head Community and Recreation Centre.

MediSim coordinator Colin Brown says rural emergency response services play a crucial role in patient rate of survival and recovery as they are often the first on the scene.

“These emergency services do an incredible job for their community and they could be at the scene of an accident before professional medical help arrives,” Mr Brown said.

“Quite often in rural and remote areas first responders are on their own for a lengthy period of time so they need to be able to manage that situation appropriately.

“Though they have already been really well trained [our aim] is to provide additional tips and tricks to help volunteers wherever we can.”

Trained by highly experienced professional emergency specialists and intensive care paramedics, 21 volunteers from across the north-west took part in the program on Tuesday.

Mannequins and car accident simulators were used to create a realistic and high pressure  emergency situation for participants to respond to.

MediSim was established five years ago and has trained more than 2800 emergency personnel in that time.

The program has been delivered throughout Tasmania four times in the past, however Tuesday’s workshop was the first of its kind for Circular Head.

MediSim will tour the state until the end of the month with the free service also visiting Strahan, Campbell Town and Hobart.

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