Fire brigade gets new toy for rescue practice

Last updated 12:00 04/02/2013

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The days of practising rescue techniques with a pair of overalls stuffed with sand and hay are over for the Ashhurst Volunteer Fire Brigade.

The brigade was granted just over $3000 for a mannequin, or "crash-test dummy", as chief fire officer Neil Alexander calls it, through Fonterra's Grass Roots fund.

Twice a year the fund grants between $500 and $5000 to projects with values of quality, safety, wellbeing, the environment and fostering community spirit.

Mr Alexander said the yet-to-be named mannequin had its first day out with the crew last week, where it was strapped into a basket and hauled up a bank.

The mannequin would be used mainly for "line work" like that and to simulate a person stuck in a car.

The 70-kilogram mannequin replaced less-than-human-like counterparts used in the past, including water bottles and homemade versions of sand and hay, he said. The mannequin was flexible, and gave crew members better training in how to engage properly with a person.

The Ashhurst crew will be giving Fonterra representatives a demonstration today.

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- Manawatu Standard

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