SES crews sharpen skills during exercise at coast

BOYNE-Tannum SES volunteers will be among a host of other central Queensland SES crews brushing up on their potentially lifesaving skills this weekend.

Crews from Gladstone, Banana Shire and Rockhampton will join others on the Capricorn Coast for Exercise Bayrunner 2.

The exercise will see volunteers hit the water onboard 15 flood boats, as they brush up on flood-boat skills and techniques, across a number of emergency situations.

Boyne-Tannum SES group leader James Hoger said four members of his team would be taking part in the weekend's training sessions.

"We're heading up on Friday night and we'll be back on Sunday," Mr Hoger said.

"I believe Gladstone and Calliope crews will also be heading up too."

A vital part of emergency services, especially in the volunteer organisations, is ensuring training and operation techniques are kept updated.

Mr Hoger agreed, saying training was an integral part of being an SES volunteer.

"We do that (flood boat) training and other training all through the year to maintain the competencies."

Training exercises will be carried out on The Causeway Lake, between Yeppoon and Emu Park, as well as at Cooraman Creek, Zilzie.



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