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Central West Queensland

Business & Rural

3 March, 2021

Fireys taught live saving RCR lessons

Firefighters from across the shire and from other parts of Central Queensland were trained in a paramount Road Crash Rescue course.

By Michael R Williams

Firefighters rescuing this dummy in this weekend's RCR course

THIS WEEKEND and on Monday, firefighters from around the shire and other parts of Central Queensland took part in a training course on RCR (road crash rescue).  

The training was held at the Proserpine station and members from brigades in Thangool, Biloela, Moranbah, Airlie Beach, Sarina, and Dysart attended. 

The event was held at Proserpine Station near Mackay.  

The RCR skills taught this weekend will be invaluable in the potential life-or-death situations that can occur in highway communities like in the Shire.  

This weekend also marked Head instructor Regan Prior’s final ever course before retiring at 65.  

He said the Biloela and Thangool firefighters “performed exceptionally well” and they will go on to “improve the capability of the stations in those towns”.   

He taught the trainees to use lifesaving devices such as the jaws-of-life and other extrication techniques.  

“They did very well and handled the training with a sense of innovation and practicality,” said Mr Prior.  

Next year’s trainers will be decided from a pool of six seasoned instructors.  
Before retiring, Regan Prior said, “I’ve enjoyed the time in training people".  

“It’s been a good 17 years.

 "I am honoured to have been given the opportunity to give back to the community.”  

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