Demanding job: SES volunteers learn how to save lives
Staying calm while rescuing someone from a cliff fall, car crash or flood is all in day's work for our superheroes in orange.
On Sunday, despite the heat and the humidity, nine volunteers from Northern Rivers State Emergency Service Units were hard at work undertaking their Participate in a Rescue Operation (PIARO) training.
NSW State Emergency Service Northern Senior Group Officer and Acting Unit Commander, Lismore City, Lacy Loloa, said PIARO has been designed to prepare members for the demanding role of rescuer.
"PIARO is a foundation course in which our volunteers undertake to further gain qualifications in road crash rescue, flood rescue, industrial and domestic rescue, and vertical rescue," she said.
"There are so many ways for people to get themselves and others into difficulty.
"Equally, there are just as many ways to remove, release or extricate persons from difficulty and to restore normality."
Lismore Deputy Unit Commander Troy McDonald who was conducting some of the practical training said he was impressed with the calibre of the members attending,
"This is the first time we could run the PIARO since COVID-19 came long," he said.
"This is a stepping stone to more and is a core course for our volunteers."
Members were happy to move into the air-conditioning during a break where long-serving catering officer Raymond De La Porte had their morning tea waiting.
"I've been doing this for more than 20 years," Mr De La Porte said.
"It's my way of contributing the unit."
After the practical training members stayed inside for while SES Ballina member Lynda Hawryluk who is also undertaking her training qualification gave a presentation alongside experienced SES Lismore member, Amanda Vidler.
Feedback from the participants was very positive.
Casino Deputy Unit Commander Donna Lamont said her unit has four members attending.
"It's been really good training," she said.
Coraki Unit Commander Daniel Clarke said two other members of his unit already possess the qualification
"I'm here to improve my skills and help improve our units capability," he said,
"Amanda Vidler convinced me to go for a Level three rescue and this is required."
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