POLICE have united forces with the NSW State Emergency Services to hone in their rescue skills ahead of the snow season.
The three-day operation saw 150 of the SES' specialist bush and alpine search and rescue volunteers join teams from the Monaro Police District and other NSW Police Force crews test their skills in Kosciuszko National Park.
NSW SES Commissioner Carlene York said the exercise, which ran from Friday to Sunday, covered all training areas.
"Our teams worked with Police to practice a joint response to a search and rescue operation over a 200-square-kilometre remote area in the national park," she said.
"We also provided communications equipment, including our Cell on Wheel vehicles, which significantly enhance radio communications in remote areas, such as Kosciusko National Park."
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Bush and alpine search and rescue is just one of the things that NSW SES volunteers do on top of responding to storms, floods, and tsunamis, according to Commissioner York.
"We are always ready and willing to support our partner agencies, including NSW Police, just as we know they will support us," she said.
NSW Police Force Assistant Commissioner Mark Walton said this exercise was a great opportunity to practice search capabilities with emergency partners in a remote alpine environment.
"Officers from Police Rescue and our Alpine Operations teams always look forward to seeing the capability of the NSW SES, and other agencies, as well as contributing their own unique skills," he said.
"This exercise will enhance our joint response to emergencies and allow us to better serve the community."
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