Minister Corey Wingard visits emergency services on Kangaroo Island

Minister for Police, Emergency Services and Correctional Services, Corey Wingard visited emergency services volunteers on Kangaroo Island on Tuesday, July 16.

The minister met with the KI SES brigade and toured its shed at Kingscote.

The brigade discussed some of the requirements of the unit and the need to be able to operate independently and be trained in all aspects of rescue due to KI's remote location.

"We discussed some of the new technology being implemented to assist in search and rescue in particular RPAS (Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems) and the potential to provide valuable life saving support to the public in an emergency particularly land search and vertical rescue as well as supporting other agencies with vital strategic aerial support such as CFS fire spotting and assistance during back burning operations," the KI SES posted.

"The cost effective RPAS could not only save lives but has the potential to save thousands of dollars each time it is deployed in place of full scale aircraft.

"Local aerial photography and mapping business have offered to donate two new RPAS to the Kangaroo Island SES once the crew commence RPAS operations."

The minister seemed impressed by the level of commitment shown by the KI volunteers.

"Our SES volunteers go above and beyond, especially in our regions," Mr Wingard posted on social media.

"The Kingscote SES are no exception and it was great to meet with members this evening. An innovate group with a great mix of experience and new ideas to keep people safe and help those in need.

"The Marshall Government is supporting our SES stations with a $1 million investment to upgrade facilities across the State."

The KI SES unit at the end of June held its road crash re-evaluation course to update SES and CFS crew on new rescue techniques.

This included an update on the new electric cars and how to safely neutralise the power and extract a casualty.

It was a good opportunity to work together and share ideas. The crew also got to try out some new tools.

Careflight's Trauma Care Workshop meanwhile is coming back to KI on July 27-28.

The workshop is designed to teach immediate responders the necessary skills to save a life - whether drivers coming across a motor vehicle crash, farm workers dealing with a farm catastrophe, parks officers as well as bolster skills for existing members of CFS, SES, SA Ambulance, SAPOL, Parks, Coastguard. sports trainers, off duty nurses and school staff etc

It's free, it's fun and it's delivered by credible instructors in a non-threatening manner. Contact eliza.charlett@careflight.org to register interest.

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