A LifeFlight aeromedical crew ran a training exercise with officers from the Toowoomba police station.
A LifeFlight aeromedical crew ran a training exercise with officers from the Toowoomba police station.

LifeFlight teach police how to save lives

A TOOWOOMBA RACQ LifeFlight Rescue crew gave Darling Downs district police hands-on chopper training so that both services were better prepared to respond to emergencies.

Yesterday police were shown how to correctly assist with a stretcher winch from the ground along with how to prepare a makeshift helipad.

“We’ve had an increase in primary responses, particularly to motor vehicle accidents this year,” LifeFlight officer Shaun Gillott said.

“Having the police on scene is an important role for LifeFlight.

“It allows us to operate more safely and efficiently when we’re doing our tasks,” he said.

Since the beginning of the year, Toowoomba LifeFlight crews have been called to more than 40 crashes and searches where QPS has also attended.

Toowoomba Police Station Acting Sgt Isaiah Reich said the Darling Downs district was lucky to have highly skilled emergency services looking after the community.

“The better we can work together with LifeFlight, the more streamlined and efficient we can make that primary care experience for any injured people on the ground,” he said.

“I think we share the same sentiment as most of the community – when we know LifeFlight is on the way, we all let out that same sigh of relief that I’m sure the injured parties involved in that rescue experience.

“In rural and remote locations, it can be challenging for ground crews to get to the scene, so to be able to extract injured patients by air saves so much more time.”

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