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LERT

LERT (Lifesaving Emergency Response Team) is an out of hours service offered by selected Victorian Surf Life Saving Clubs and Life Saving Clubs. The Point Lonsdale LERT was formed in 2008.

 

The Point Lonsdale Surf Life Saving Club offers a year round (out of normal patrol hours) emergency search and rescue service to the Victorian community.

 

Our Strategic Plan (2007-2017) clearly identified objectives to develop an out of hours service.

 

Under the State Emergency Manual, Life Saving Victoria has a responsibility to specifically support both Victoria Police and Ambulance Victoria.

LSV is a Key Support Agency to the Victoria Police for Rescue (Water) under Part 7 Emergency Management Agency Roles (p.7-3).

LSV is a Secondary Agency to the Ambulance Victoria for First Aid under part 7 Emergency Management Agency Roles (p.7-4)

Under the State Health Emergency Response Plan (SHERP), Life Saving Victoria has a responsibility to assist the Community with First Aid Teams at Incident Sites, Casualty Clearing Posts, and Relief Centres - or as otherwise directed by the Health Incident Commander (usually the appropriate Ambulance Manager).  

 

Club members are selected to participate in this vital life saving service after demonstrating that they have a commitment to serve the community on a year round basis and have the necessary skills and qualifications to undertake the types of activities LERT members will be involved in.

 

The Club owns and operates two Sea Doo GTI-155 Rescue Water Craft (RWC), complete to Life Saving Victoria and Surf Life Saving Australia standards and operating procedures, which is the front line (water) rescue craft for our LERT. LERT also utilise the Club's two All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs), 4WD and Inflatable Rescue Boats (IRBs) as required. We have an extensive range of first aid and resuscitation equipment, radio communication equipment, a FLIR thermal night vision camera, GPS navigational equipment and logistial equipment.

 

During peak summer times regular patrols are conducted along the Bellarine Coast, primarily from Queenscliff to Barwon Heads. Our RWCs (Bellarine Jet Ski 1 and Bellarine Jet Ski 2) provide additional water safety across the Bellarine. This service aims to not only provide a year round callout service, but to regularly support and assist the work done by volunteer surf lifesavers and paid lifeguards on Bellarine patrolled beaches and to provide a limited degree of surveillance at non patrolled beaches. Remember that the safest place to swim is always between the red and yellow flags at a patrolled beach.

 

Our volunteer LERT members are trained surf life savers and are either full operational members or support members. They are members of the Point Lonsdale Surf Life Saving Club, at least 18 years of age and hold a driver's licence. All members undertake an induction process as well as annual in house training and education.

Full operational members undertake RWC duties and must hold a range of qualifications including the SLSA Bronze Medallion, SLSA ATV Operator Induction (or Operator Certificate), SLSA Advanced Resuscitation Techniques Certificate, SLSA First Aid Certificate, SLSA IRB Crew and IRB Driver Certificates, Marine Radio Operator's Certificate of Proficiency (MROCP or MROCVP) and will either hold or be working towards gaining the SLSA RWC Operator Certificate.

Support Members provide essential assistance on shore and must hold a range of qualifications including the SLSA Radio Operator Certificate, SLSA Advanced Resuscitation Techniques Certificate, SLSA First Aid Certificate, Marine Radio Operator's Certificate of Proficiency (MROCP or MROCVP).

Our Duty Officers must also complete the SES Introduction to Emergency Management Course as a minimum and are encouraged to gain additional qualifications and experience in Emergency Management.

 

At the 2013 Life Saving Victoria Awards of Excellence, LERT was awarded one of the top honours - the Outstanding Achievement of the Year, for it's efforts in July 2012 at a 5 day search and rescue operation for a missing SCUBA diver and for what it has acheived since formation in 2008 to provide a lifesaving service 'beyond the flags'.

 

Current LERT Sponsors and Supporters:

BOROUGH OF QUEENSCLIFFE

BURKE MARINE

G-BOARDS

QUEENSCLIFF / POINT LONSDALE COMMUNITY ENTERPRISE

SEA DOO

VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT

 

For any queries about the Club LERT, please email the LERT Captain (Andrew MacLeod) at lertcaptain@pointlonsdaleslsc.asn.au