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New 'recruit' for Chelsea SES

Say Hello To 'Smithy'


Smithy with members from KNS 14

Chelsea State Emergency Service has a new 'recruit' thanks to the Neighbourhood Watch group KNS 14. Known simply as 'Smithy', the new recruit is the strong silent type. He is in fact a rescue training manikin or mannequin (Smithy doesn't like to be referred to as a dummy!) who will play a central role in the Unit's training activities.

The KNS 14 group, which watches over the area between Ross Street, Aspendale and Edithvale Road, Edithvale, donated $2,000 to the Chelsea Unit to enable it to buy the rescue manikin. Smithy is pictured above making acquaintances with the group's Treasurer, Jon Erenstrom (back), Area Co-ordinator Karen Luff and long-standing committee member, John Kellow. Invited to name the new recruit, the group nominated the name Smithy in memory of long-time group member Lyndsay Smith.

Mr Smith was Area Co-ordinator for the group and served in various capacities over many years. His widow, Mrs Ruth Smith, said she was sure her late husband would be delighted with Smithy and the important role he would play in training SES volunteers to help the community in times of need.


Chelsea SES Controller, Ron Fitch

Chelsea Unit SES Controller, Ron Fitch, thanked the KNS 14 group for its generosity in providing the funds to purchase Smithy. 'These training aides are invaluable in teaching our volunteers in all aspects of rescue work. 'They can be used in situations that are too hazardous or uncomfortable for our volunteers and their anatomically correct weighting and their realistic "soft feel" simulates a real casualty,' he said.


Smithy will be joining the Chelsea team for training every Monday night

Smithy has a detachable arm and leg and a hole through his chest to simulate entrapment and piercing injuries. The ability to detach the limbs means the manikin is not damaged if heavy objects such as concrete slabs are used to add realism to rescue scenarios. The Chelsea Unit also has a water rescue model which will be used in training exercises by the Unit's boat squad.

The dummies bought by the Chelsea Unit are manufactured in Wales in the UK and range in price from $250 for a baby to almost $4000 for an obese adult weighing 180 kg. They are widely used in Australia by the defence forces, fire services, surf life saving, power utilities, state emergency services and other organisations.

Last Updated (Tuesday, 04 December 2012 13:09)