Cross-border force

Dean Emery from Fire and Rescue NSW, John Nolan from Mildura Police, Ron Shiner from Mildura CFA, Ian Hunt from Ambulance Victoria, Paul Smith from NSW Police, Steve Walker from NSW Rural Fire Service and Lisa Darley from NSW Ambulance co-ordinated yesterday’s multi-agency, cross-border emergency response meeting. Picture: Carmel Zaccone
Dean Emery from Fire and Rescue NSW, John Nolan from Mildura Police, Ron Shiner from Mildura CFA, Ian Hunt from Ambulance Victoria, Paul Smith from NSW Police, Steve Walker from NSW Rural Fire Service and Lisa Darley from NSW Ambulance co-ordinated yesterday’s multi-agency, cross-border emergency response meeting. Picture: Carmel Zaccone

Multiple emergency service agencies from both sides of the border came together to reopen the George Chaffey Bridge after a hypothetical horror crash yesterday.

Barrier Police District Superintendent Paul Smith said the mock exercise aimed to put emergency responders and their collaboration with their cross border counterparts to the test by working to tackle a major crash on the border.

More than 90 personnel including firefighters, police, paramedics and SES members were faced with a scenario where a school bus crashed into an asbestos carrying truck in the middle of George Chaffey Bridge.

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