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Disaster Management Capabilities on Show

SLSQ’s Emergency Response capabilities to be put on show

Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ) will this week display their full emergency response capabilities in the air, on the ground and in the water during demonstrations for the Maryborough region’s emergency service groups and schools.

SLSQ’s diverse abilities to assist in emergency situations have been proven time and again during flooding throughout south east Queensland, and this Friday Maryborough’s Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) will get a first-hand look at just what the iconic beach safety organisation can do.

SLSQ Wide Bay Capricorn Branch President Chris Donnelly, who sits on the LDMG, said that the demonstration will showcase the extent of SLSQ’s reach in emergency situations.

“Surf Life Saving Queensland is renowned for protecting our beaches, but in recent years the skills of our operations crews and volunteer lifesavers have been of significant value and assistance to the wider community during times of emergency,” Mr Donnelly said.

“The capabilities of our Westpac Lifesaver Helicopter Rescue Service in the air, as well as our lifesaving operations support crew on the ground and in the water will really be put on show through coordinated demonstrations.”

The demonstration will feature the Westpac Lifesaver Helicopter Rescue Service in the air accompanied by Inflatable Rescue Boats, wave runner (Jet Ski) and 6m jet boat in the water.

“This exercise provides an opportunity for other organisations on the DMG to see and become familiar with the equipment and skills that SLSQ can contribute in an emergency situation,” Mr Donnelly said.

Representatives from the Queensland Police Service, Queensland Fire Service, Swift Water Group and Queensland Ambulance Service will be present to view the demonstration, which will be held at the Brolga Theatre in Maryborough from 9:30am to 12:00pm on Friday 18 October.

School students from St Mary’s Primary, Maryborough Special School, Riverside Christian College and Maryborough West State School will also have the opportunity see the Westpac Lifesaver Helicopter Rescue Service up close during visits throughout the day.

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