EACH year during the holiday season, State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers are called on to assist with searches for people who were not adequately prepared for outdoor activities.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) Commissioner Lee Johnson is urging bushwalkers and trail bike riders to take precautions to prevent getting lost or injured during the holiday break.
“Every year SES volunteers are called out to missing person searches for people who have ventured into the great outdoors,” Mr Johnson said.
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“While bushwalking and trail biking are popular pastimes for many Queenslanders, not being adequately prepared could result in a life-threatening situation in the bush.
“Tell someone where you plan to go and around what time you will hope to return. Chat to locals about where you plan to explore to ensure you are equipped for the terrain before you set off.
“It is also important that items such as ample water, a first aid kit, thermal blanket, appropriate sleeping equipment and navigational devices are packed.”
Acting SES Assistant Commissioner Peter Jeffrey said pre-planning before heading on a bushwalk or going on a trail bike adventure through bushland was imperative.
“Check local weather conditions before you leave and if they are unfavourable, consider rescheduling,” Mr Jeffrey said.
“Packing a GPS, map and compass or purchasing of an Emergency Position Indicating Response Beacon (EPIRB) is also a good idea when heading outdoors, especially in remote locations.
“It is important for bushwalkers and trail bikers to take note of GPS coordinates or landmarks in the area they are passing through,” he said.
“By knowing your exact location, you can ensure emergency services will get to you as quickly as possible should a life-threatening situation occur.
“Don’t let your adventure in the great outdoors turn to a nightmare. By being prepared and vigilant there is no reason for you to be caught up in an emergency situation.”