ROAD CRASH RESCUE
Three major highways intersect at Tailem
Bend, the Mallee Highway to Sydney (B12), the Princes Highway(B1)
around the Coast and the notorious Dukes Highway(A8) which goes through
to Melbourne. Unfortunately responses to road accidents continue to
make up a lot of our workload.
We carry Lukas Spreaders, Cutters and Rams designed to disentagle
casualties from vehicles. Our operators undertake Nationally
Accredited training in appropriate techniques and update their
In the mid eighties the Brigade acquired some hand actuated Enerpac
rescue equipment. SAPOL (SA Police) and SES (State Emergency Service)
were handling this function at that time and response distances were
very large. Members of the Tailem Bend Brigade attended one of the
first ever VAR (Vehicle Accident Rescue) courses run for CFS members
(at that time through SAPOL Accident Investigation). Both SA Fire
Services began to provide this vital service to our communities.
Prince Highway South
Princes Highway East
This is the cab of a prime mover which has separated and travelled
some distance from the vehicle.
The normalistation on this frequent heavy vehicle route causes
considerable delays (below).
A terrible mess on the Princes Highway (South)
when a truck carrying empty bottles overturned. And other when a truck
ends up on the main water pipeline on the Dukes and Mallee Highway