SES flood boat exercise set to converge on Capricorn Coast on weekend
SES flood boat exercise set to converge on Capricorn Coast on weekend

Sea of orange uniforms to flood the Capricorn Coast

A HIVE of activity will be happening on the Capricorn Coast this weekend as SES volunteers carry out a flood boat exercise.

This weekend, about 60 State Emergency Services (SES) volunteers from Central Queensland will converge on the Capricorn Coast to put their skills to the test, during the exercise.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) Rockhampton Area Director Robert Ferguson said 'Exercise Bayrunner 2' would see SES volunteers and personnel from across Central Queensland hit the water aboard 15 SES flood boats.

"Over the weekend, locals can expect to see flood boat operators working in and around the Keppel group of islands, Causeway Lake and Cooraman Creek waterways, where volunteers will experience a broad range of moving water scenarios," Mr Ferguson said.

"Participants will extend their flood boat skills during different rescue conditions, including night operations.

"The exercise will give our flood boat operators more time behind the wheel and will expose them to waters that are more realistic to the conditions they may experience during search and rescues in flooded or swollen waterways."

Rockhampton and Livingstone SES Group Leader Eddie Cowie said the exercise would involve SES volunteers and personnel from across the Gladstone, Banana, Mackay, Isaac, Rockhampton, Central Highlands and Livingstone Council areas.

"With such a large group of volunteers coming together, 'Exercise Bayrunner 2' will also be a great opportunity to test inter-operability and see how well volunteers from different areas work together," he said.

"I applaud QFES for organising a regional exercise that challenges the skills, knowledge and general ability of SES volunteers across a variety of different rescue and operational settings.

"We are looking forward to a jam-packed and educational weekend out on the water."
 


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