SIMULATION AT BROOKTON IS A
TEST FOR EMERGENCY SERVICES

Emergency services are better prepared for any eventuality following an emergency exercise conducted by the Brookton Local Emergency Management Committee last month.

More than 70 emergency service volunteers took part in the exercise that simulated a car crash and fire on Great Southern Highway about three kilometres south of the town and an evacuation from Kalkarni Nursing Home.

The exercise involved Pingelly State Emergency Service, Brookton and Pingelly Volunteer FRS, Brookton and Pingelly Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade, St John Ambulance, Brookton Home and Community Care, the Shire of Brookton, Main Roads WA and the Brookton police.

Exercise manager, Cheryl Greenough, said props for the simulation included an overturned car and locals acting as casualties with realistic injuries created by a makeup artist from Bayswater emergency services using theatrical makeup.

It would provide valuable insight into the way different agencies relate and share information with each other and highlight the skills of the highly trained volunteers in the area, she said.

Brookton Shire CEO, Gary Clark, said the team had worked extremely hard from very early in the morning to get things ready.

“The focus of the exercise was to test communications procedures and response times. “It all went well and provided everyone with the opportunity to fine tune their operations,” he said.

There was a short debrief after the event but a detailed review of the exercise would be held when Ms Greenough returned from holidays, Mr Clark said.

Lindsay McNeill

PHOTOS: Scenes from the simulated motor vehicle accident on Great Southern Highway three kilometres south of Brookton.