Practice makes perfect for Coastguard

By Maria Pepper

Members of Curracloe and Fethard coastguard units at Raven Forest, and (right) taking part in the simulation.
Members of Curracloe and Fethard coastguard units at Raven Forest, and (right) taking part in the simulation.
Members of Curracloe and Fethard coastguard units at Raven Forest, and (right) taking part in the simulation.

Coastguard units from Curracloe and Fethard-on-Sea joined forces for a simulation exercise at the Raven Forest in which a casualty sustained a fractured leg in a bad fall.

The aim was to foster relations between the units which would be useful in real incidents and to exchange information and ideas.

The combined units first conducted a search to locate the injured person and assess the injury before providing treatment to stabilise the fracture and prepare the casualty for transfer to a waiting ambulance.

'The exercise was very useful and a lot was learned by the teams from the experience,' said Frank Murphy, Officer in Charge of Curracloe Coastguard.

'The skills on show were search planning and execution and communication using VHF radio between the teams and the simulated Marine Rescue Control Centre in Dublin, and also first aid and evacuation over difficult terrain.'

'There have been a number of real life incidents and accidents in the recent past in the Raven Forest and the teams were honing their skills in preparation for any future events,' he added.

Just two hours before the joint exercise took place, the Curracloe unit was tasked to a car park close to the forest entrance to assist a HSE ambulance gain access to treat a woman who had a bad fall.

Other team leaders involved in coordinating the exercise were Brendan Keville, Deputy Officer in Charge Curracloe and Unit Training Officer; Stephen Auld, Officer in Chare Fethard Unit and Ben Molloy Deputy Officer in Charge Fethard Unit and Training Officer.

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