Old cars and new limbs wanted by Temuka firefighters
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Temuka volunteer firefighters are looking for old cars so that they can continue to train people while avoiding damaged vehicles. (archive photo)
Temuka volunteer firefighters chase old cars and new limbs.
Although the brigade had 26 volunteers, it needed more, said fire chief Murray Blogg.
âWe desperately need members for the day. “
Shift workers who have free time during the week or stay-at-home moms who might be available when the children are in school are all asked to join.
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The cars are meant to be cut up and the volunteers are the ones who will learn how to do it, Blogg said.
âWe need them (cars) for motor vehicle training for mining. We have two, but we need six with windows and wheels.
Blogg said people were trapped in vehicles in crashes and it was important for members to know what to do in different situations to get them out without causing further injury.
Training with hydraulic cutting equipment, which does not cause sparks, could take more than 12 months using different crash simulation exercises and a course in learning techniques, as well as continuing education.
âWe set up different drills and use real people (as victims) and health and safety officers monitor what is going on. “
He said the equipment is quite heavy and can cut windshields and metal. When dispatched on a motor vehicle crash, teams were never sure what they were going to encounter and had to quickly assess how best to extract patients. It usually took about 20 minutes to get someone out of the wreckage.
“Someone’s foot could be stuck under the accelerator or a door could be stuck.”
St John or a member of the fire team would sit with the patient if possible and treat him while he was being cut. Then they would be transferred to an ambulance or rescue helicopter for further treatment.
Blogg has been a volunteer for over 40 years and said the most difficult accident he had encountered was in a truck.
âIt took about 30 minutes to extract the conductor. I’m still learning. “
For more information on joining as a volunteer intern, visit the Temuka Fire Department social media page.