QUEENSLAND FIREFIGHTER ON A MISSION TO IMPROVE SAFETY IN REMOTE RESCUE SITUATIONS
8 Oct 2018
In Australia, there is currently no nationally recognised 'off the shelf' course available to train emergency services personnel in remote mountain rescue. The current capability of emergency services to provide this service must be improved to address the increasing number of incidents occurring around Australia.
Greg Toman, a Pelican Waters local, has received a Churchill Fellowship because of his determination to enhance the overall safety of rescuers and those requiring rescue in remote rescue situations.
Greg will travel to the USA, Canada, UK, Austria, Italy and France to learn about the most up to date and best practice mountain rescue systems, and bring this knowledge back to Australia.
Greg, a Senior Firefighter with the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES), has always held a strong interest in outdoor pursuits, with a particular interest in preventative rescue strategies and ensuring others enjoy the outdoors safely.
“I am trained in various Technical Rescue disciplines and I am a member of the Vertical Rescue Instructor group. Over the last two years I have helped develop a Remote Rescue discipline to enable Firefighters to undertake search and rescues on the Glasshouse Mountains and surrounding peaks,” said Greg.
“Through the Fellowship, I am eager to tap into the wealth of knowledge of people who are leading the way in rescue equipment and rescue system development in North America and Europe.
“Many mountain rescue organisations in North America and Europe were established up to seventy years ago, so they have constantly adapted to changes, including equipment technology and rescue techniques. I will seek their advice on the best approach for Australia based on their wealth of experience.
“This is a terrific opportunity for Australian emergency services that will benefit from the knowledge and skills Greg will bring,” said Adam Davey, CEO of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.
“We look forward to seeing how Greg will apply his new knowledge to delivering more effective training to emergency services personnel, and saving lives in the process."