Reservists hone their emergency skills

FOUR Defence reservists put their skills to the test in a training exercise last night as they worked to save a 26-year-old man who had lost his leg and ruptured his eardrum in an explosion.

The army reservists nurses and doctor demonstrated exactly how they would help the SimMan, who had been a casualty of an explosive device, in front of potential Defence Force employers at the Launceston General Hospital.

It was the second time the Defence reserves had used the hospital's Integrated Learning and Simulation Centre for training purposes.

Defence Reserves Support Tasmania operations manager Jenni Smith said the exercise was about showcasing to potential employers exactly what Defence reservists do.

About 15 people watched   as the four army reservists completed their task.

Launceston General Hospital chief executive John Kirwan said the hospital's SimMan and SimBaby were regularly used by staff and were about giving real-life experiences on a piece of plastic.

``It's a state-of-the-art device,'' Mr Kirwan said

``The advantage is it does allow them to do as close to real life as possible.''

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