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Northern NSW : Rescue Spring 2017
The Service has welcomed another round of Ab Initio doctors to the team. This is a regular cycle of training that takes place every February and August and coincides with the rotation of Registrar Doctors around NSW. Lismore-based doctors have joined the training cycle, which traditionally includes Newcastle and Tamworth doctors conducting basic ground school and assessment flights at Broadmeadow before moving to their respective bases for further induction training. The six-day training program includes Service induction, Airside safety, Drug and Alcohol Awareness, Aviation Safety Management System, Fatigue Risk Management, Human Factors in the Aeromedical Environment, Helicopter Underwater Escape Training, Emergency Breathing Systems, Aircraft Emergency Survival and Safety, and Winching techniques. The training culminates in a rescue scenario where doctors are subjected to a “dummy” mission simulated in the Glenrock State Conservation Area, near Newcastle. They experience the whole mission from the first phone call, briefing, setting up equipment, interacting with the NSW Ambulance Paramedic and flight crew, and winching into bushland to rescue a mannequin. Throughout the exercise doctors are supervised by Service trainers, both in the air and on the ground, to ensure everything is conducted safely and to flight standards. Doctors in training 10 Rescue Magazine SPRING 2017
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