Water Rats hone their skills

SES volunteers and police on the annual Water Rats exercise.
SES volunteers and police on the annual Water Rats exercise.

SES members Moranbah, Calliope, Biloela, Marlborough, Theodore, the Gemfields, Rolleston, Emerald and as far as Maitland in NSW scurried to the Fairbairn Dam to hone their boating skills and land search skills in exercise Water Rats.

They were joined by Queensland Police Service officers and Emergency Management Queensland.

Central Highlands council chief executive Bryan Ottone said the region was proud to support these training events, and thanked the SES for their outstanding efforts over the recent events.

"You are our heroes," Mr Ottone said.

Training officers from EMQ ran flood boat personnel through the newly introduced Flood Boat Safety Management System, after which the crews hit the water to test their knowledge.

The scenarios were run in conjunction with the local police, water police and EMQ, covering issues such as first aid, land search, forensic search and water activities.

"The weekend helps develop skills required in the field, and it also allows for teamwork and relationship building between the police, EMQ and the SES," Acting Mayor Cr Gail Nixon said.

"The SES crews in the Central Highlands are to be congratulated for their ongoing commitment to this event, which benefits the whole region and beyond."

Representatives from Bunnings in Rockhampton also attended the weekend to present a donation of more than $10,000 worth of equipment to the Central Highland region.

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