Tasmanian SES vertical rescue training ‘critical’

Tasmanian State Emergency Service workers put their skills to the test atop the cliffs at Punchbowl Reserve on Sunday as part of the organisation’s vertical rescue training. 

Volunteers from across the state took part in the annual training, which saw them simulate cliff rescues.

Southern regional manager for Tasmanian SES, Mark Nelson, said it was critical for volunteers to continually update their rescue training.

CLIFFTOP: SES Tasmania vertical rescue training. Picture: Paul Scambler

CLIFFTOP: SES Tasmania vertical rescue training. Picture: Paul Scambler

“Anyone hanging off a cliff is in a life-threatening situation, so volunteers need to maintain their skills, their equipment and just practice, practice, practice,” Mr Nelson said.

SES volunteers use their skills to assist Tasmania Fire Service and Tasmania Police in search and rescue operations across the state.

“This is why we have these training days – its just one of many training activities we do,” Mr Nelson said.

“The statewide training happens once a year and it’s a great opportunity, but the regions themselves will practice six to eight times a year.”

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