MORE than 140 emergency services and military personnel from across the Shoalhaven converged on Jervis Bay last weekend to take part in the combined emergency services training camp, Operation Plutus.
The camps have been held regularly since the late 1990s and are a valuable tool in allowing various local services to train together for any possible emergency that may occur in the Shoalhaven.
Personnel from NSW Police, Water Police, SES, RFS, Fire and Rescue NSW, Marine Rescue, Ambulance Services NSW, RMS Maritime, and Shoalhaven City Council to name a few took part in the two-day operation.
The personnel were put through various training courses on Saturday.
In four groups they rotated through training operations in boat safety by Martine NSW, SES and Marine Rescue, CPR and spinal immobilisation and burns treatment by Ambulance NSW, land search techniques by the SES and a communications session conducted by the NSW RFS.
On Sunday all the training was put into practise with the agencies combining to tackle the emergency scenario of two boats colliding on Jervis Bay.
Personnel were tasked with getting to the scene, assessing and treating injuries as well as recovering a number of injured people from the water.
A total of 14 boats and a navy Squirrel helicopter from 723 Squadron at HMAS Albatross and personnel on the ground were involved in the search for up to 12 dummies that had been strategically placed in the water around Jervis Bay.
Teams were taken onboard boats and transferred to the accident scene where they treated multiple patients under the guidance of ambulance paramedics.
The rescuers were confronted with a variety of injuries from burns, spinal injuries, fractures and lacerations.
Boat to boat transfers for spinal injuries and patient boat to shore transfers were also carried out.