Fire crews rescue cat from Sydney high-rise

Abito the cat became stuck in a precarious position when he found himself on the outside of the 18th floor of a high-rise building in Olympic Park.

Specialist firefighters arrived at the Boomerang Apartments around 12.30pm to find Abito on an external ledge of the building.

Ropes were used to lower a firefighter down the outside of the building to collect the cat.

Despite windy conditions, rescue crews were able to reach out and secure Abito before placing him in a bag to be carried back to safety.

Abito was unharmed and reunited with its owners.

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China mine rescue: Crews race to free trapped workers in Xinjiang

Rescue teams are trying to reach 21 people trapped in a coal mine that flooded in China’s Xinjiang region, local media reports say.

It is not clear what triggered the flooding at the Fengyuan mine, but it reportedly occurred during upgrading works on Saturday.

Some 29 miners were initially affected, but rescuers managed to free eight of them.

Crews have located all the trapped the miners, state broadcaster CCTV said.

Twelve were on one platform, eight on a second platform, and the last worker in an escape route, it said.

The flooding is reported to have hampered rescue efforts by cutting power underground and disrupting communication lines.

Rescuers have been trying to pump water out of the flooded shaft while simultaneously pumping air into the mine, according to CCTV.

Further pipes are being laid but the operation is expected to be challenging, the broadcaster added.

Mining accidents are not uncommon in China, where the industry safety regulations can be poorly enforced. In December last year, 23 miners died after a carbon monoxide leak at a coal mine.

And in January, 10 miners were killed in a blast at a gold mine in Shandong province.

Eleven survivors of the explosion remained trapped underground for two weeks, and for much of that time they had no food and sustained themselves only on water.

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HowToCookThat : Cakes, Dessert & Chocolate | Cake Rescue : Shaped Cake Tins, Tsunami Cake & Island Cake


After a year of working on it I am finally ready to announce my cookbook, it goes to the printers this week and will be available very soon. There is a list of bookstores that you can preorder from here

Shaped Cake Tins

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Shaped cake tins can be deceptively tricky to use. If your character suits star shaped piping patter then that is one way to go, otherwise try using the tin as a mold firstly to bake the cake and then to mold chocolate. For this you can use candy melts or colour white chocolate. When colouring chocolate you need to use oil based food colouring (available from cake decorating stores). Water based food colours and gel food colours can seize your chocolate. If you are using real chocolate that contains cocoa butter don’t forget to temper it. If you are using compound chocolate you can skip the tempering step.

Island Cake

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For the jelly (Jell-O) use gelatine sheets because they set clearer. Watch the video to see how to decorate the cake and the secret to make sure the jelly does not go cloudy.

Ocean Jelly Recipe:
18 sheets of gelatin
bowl of water to soften gelatin
7 tablespoons sugar
500mL (16.91 fluid ounces) water
Food colouring (I used, blue, green and a tiny, tiny bit of red)
Flavouring to taste

Place the gelatine sheets in a bowl of water to soften.

In a pan heat the sugar, water, colour and flavour until the sugar is dissolved. Add the gelatin sheets and stir until melted.

Cool until it reaches room temperature.

Tsunami Cake (Pull Me Up Cake)

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Cream Lava Cake :
For an 8″ round cake you will need to top it with cups of lightly whipped cream (refer to the video for the consistency you are looking for). You can add some vanilla and icing sugar to your cream if you wish.

Ganache Tsunami Cake:
290g (10.23 ounces) white chocolate
100mL (3.38 fluid ounces) cream

Place the cream and chocolate into a bowl and microwave for 1 minute, stir, 30 seconds, stir and continue 30 second bursts until the chocolate is melted. Add food colouring if you desire. Cool to room temperature, but do not wait until it is thick. If it is set too thick take a big spoonful out and microwave it in a seperate bowl to warm it. Stir this warmed ganache back into your main bowl of ganache to thin it down. Repeat as necessary.

For and 8″ round cake you will need 1 1/2 cups of ganache and toppings of your choice.


I have been busy over the last year planning, writing and overseeing the photography and layout for my first ever cookbook! There are heaps of my favourite dessert recipes in there with a chapter on pastries, ice-cream, yummy cakes, artistic desserts and of course chocolate desserts. Each chapter has its own intro explaining the food science that you’ll need to know for success every time.

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All recipe quantities in the book are in grams, ounces and cups.

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Officers in Boulder Rescue Goose With Arrow Through Its Head

Police officers in Boulder, Colorado, came to the rescue of a goose with an arrow through its head on March 16. The Boulder Police Department posted bodycam footage showing officers catching the goose in a net before cutting the arrow using bolt cutters. The force shared a follow-up picture of the goose recuperating after undergoing surgery to remove the remainder of the arrow. Credit: Boulder Police Department via Storyful

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SCDF deploys elite team to rescue injured woman in Jelapang Road canal

SINGAPORE: The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) deployed its elite Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team (DART) to rescue an injured woman in a large canal on Wednesday (Mar 10).

SCDF said that it had received a call for assistance near Block 510 Jelapang Road in Bukit Panjang at about 5.50pm.

When members of the SCDF arrived at the scene, they saw a woman lying face-down at the bottom of the canal.

Firefighters and Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team (DART) members rescuing an injured woman from a canal on Jelapang Road on Mar 10, 2021. (Photo: SCDF)

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Firefighters and Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team (DART) members rescuing an injured woman from a canal on Jelapang Road on Mar 10, 2021. (Photo: SCDF)

“Firefighters from Bukit Batok Fire Station immediately deployed a ladder to gain access into the canal,” said the SCDF.

The woman was assessed to have sustained injuries to her head, hip and legs by SCDF’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) crew.

Firefighters and rescuers from DART secured onto a stretcher and hoisted her out of the canal.

She was then taken to the National University Hospital (NUH) in an ambulance.

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Apollo Bay beach rescue sparks renewed push for ocean safety centre amid Victorian drownings

A dramatic rescue at Apollo Bay yesterday and a string of drownings along Victoria’s coast over the past few months has sparked conversation about practical solutions that could help save lives.

The state has been grappling with an unusually high number of drowning deaths, with 27 people dying between July and December last year and seven tragedies along the coast in the past fortnight.

On Monday afternoon three members of one family were lucky to be rescued after getting into trouble at Marengo Beach.

Apollo Bay Surf Lifesaving Club volunteer life guard Thom Cookes, who was part of the rescue team, said the trio ended up in serious trouble after being swept out to sea “very, very quickly”.

He said boogie boarders had gone to their aid while calling for help from lifeguards who had been patrolling the main beach.

“We got around there just as they were coming into shore and triaged them,” Mr Cookes said.

Two of those rescued were taken to hospital after the incident.

Mr Cookes said Apollo Bay’s main beach was relatively safe most days, but nearby beaches such as Marengo, at the mouth of the Barham River, were not.

“They were right at that river mouth on a rocky point, which has got a fairly notorious rip which just pulls you straight out to sea,” he said.

Apollo Bay Surf Lifesaving Club redevelopment coordinator David Gorrie said there was strong community support for a concept called the Victorian Blue Ocean Safety Skills (VBOSS) centre.

The $10 million plan, developed in conjunction with the Apollo Bay P-12 College, would involve the renovation of the surf club to include accommodation for students, who would be taught how to identify rips and enter the water safely, among other practical skills.

Mr Gorrie said Apollo Bay was an ideal location to increase students’ confidence around the ocean.

“Apollo Bay is recognised as one of the safest beaches in Australia,” he said.

“In terms of rips, there are rips at certain times and certain places along that beach for teaching people, but generally it’s a very safe beach.”

He said VBOSS would build on the State Government’s learn-to-swim programs.

“Swimming in a pool and interacting with the ocean are two different things,” Mr Gorrie said.

“We’ve really got to bring people up to speed – particularly young Australians – in terms of interacting with the ocean and doing that safely.”

He said he believed the project would fill a gap and help save lives.

“When it comes to specific courses and centres that focus on ocean safety skills and how to effectively negotiate rips, how to read the surf, where to enter the ocean and how to be safe about it, there’s really nothing like it,” he said.

Western Victoria MP Gayle Tierney wrote a letter endorsing the project in May last year, but VBOSS is yet to attract funding.

“We receive many emergency services proposals for funding,” a Government spokesperson said.

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Animal rescue groups race to save Australia’s bushfire-hit wildlife with nearly $200 million in donations

It started with a tweet from Barack Obama.

As the Black Summer bushfires raged across Australia, and with reports of a terrible wildlife death toll, the former US president highlighted the work of aid agencies including animal rescue group WIRES.

An electronic billboard promoting WIRES appeared in Times Square, while a group in the UK produced koala buttons urging people to donate.

Television host Ellen DeGeneres, Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton, and Australian Formula 1 star Daniel Ricciardo were among those who backed the fundraising campaigns, while British food critic Tom Parker Bowles raised nearly $250,000.

An early estimate suggested a billion animals were killed.

Will the donations flooding in for animal rescue groups save Australia’s wildlife from the next megafire?

As the cash rolled in from the US, Japan, Europe and China, WIRES volunteers were dealing with an unprecedented number of calls for help.

Eighty-seven thousand came through in the weeks after the fires and many wildlife carers were overwhelmed with the enormity of the job.

WIRES CEO Leanne Taylor said it was a chaotic period because the fires burnt over a vast area, all at the same time.

As the emergency passed, rescue groups had time to reflect on what had happened.

The environmental toll from the fires was enormous.

Twenty per cent of Australian forests were lost.

The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) estimated the number of animals killed or displaced at close to 3 billion: 143 million mammals, 2.46 billion reptiles, 180 million birds, and 51 million frogs.

But as the death toll went up so did the fundraising tally.

WIRES received $90 million and the WWF $45 million; $18 million went to the Wildlife Victoria Bushfire Appeal and $15 million to the RSPCA.

The Port Macquarie Koala Hospital received $8 million while several smaller groups raised more than a million dollars each.

Ms Taylor said it was a huge increase in funding for the sector.

Up until now, animal rescue has been handled by a variety of state-based, mostly volunteer organisations, but WIRES is spreading its wings and working with other organisations to improve their capacity to rescue and care for wildlife.

Now the largest wildlife rescue organisation in Australia, WIRES has just announced it will spend $35 million on rescue, rehabilitation and recovery.

Ms Taylor said WIRES would team up with other organisations to support volunteer carers around the country.

“We’re working with various agencies, vets, governments and local councils to improve those relationships, so we can provide better resources through the funding we received, and provide resources to licensed carers and rehabilitation groups nationally.”

That includes the Animal Rescue Cooperative (ARC), which is setting up 23 hubs for volunteers and other agencies that are working with threatened species.

Hundreds of species, even some that were once common, were pushed closer to extinction as a result of the devastating bushfires.

That includes four birds, three reptile species and one mammal.

Among a raft of grants WIRES has handed out is $1.6 million to the Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) for a project to save the Kangaroo Island dunnart from extinction.

The creature was already on the precipice when fires devastated 95 per cent of its habitat.

AWC CEO Tim Allard said action was needed now.

The project will initially secure a small section of the remaining habitat from predators and then rapidly expand the area.

It is hoped the project will also help populations of other threatened species like the southern brown bandicoot, the glossy black cockatoo, the southern emu wren, the Kangaroo Island short-beaked echidna, the heath goanna and the Bassian thrush.

In Queensland, WIRES is contributing to projects aimed at saving another of Australia’s most endangered mammals — the rare northern bettong.

There are fewer than 1,000 of the macropods left in the world and they are important because they distribute plants and fungi in the environment.

AWC will put a fence around the Mount Zero-Taravale Wildlife Sanctuary in north Queensland in an effort to provide a safe haven.

“The Mount Zero-Taravale Wildlife Sanctuary is known to have supported a population of northern bettongs that sadly went extinct [there] before we purchased the property,” Mr Allard said.

With so many animals injured in the Black Summer fires, building new and better wildlife hospitals is a priority.

WIRES provided more that $300,000 for an extension to the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital in southern Queensland.

That money will provide increased capacity for triage, examination and treatment, and to treat animals for extended periods of time.

More than 1,500 native animals were admitted there from November to January — about 100 animals a day at the peak of the bushfires.

Wildlife volunteer Amy Wregg was working with a trauma care group at the showgrounds at Canungra during that period.

A lot of animals were euthanased on the fireground as most would not have recovered from their injuries, even with hospital care, and there were often long delays for carers to get into burnt areas.

“It took a few days to access the fireground as we had to get clearance from the Queensland fire service to do our ‘black walks,'” Ms Wregg said.

Despite the challenges, she wants to focus on the successes and is hopeful she can make a difference.

“We ended up rescuing 19 koalas just from from one ridge,” Ms Wregg said.

“We have to be hopeful; if you’re not, you’ve got nothing else to go for.”

WIRES also funded a new animal ambulance that will respond to animal emergencies in the region.

Michael Pyne, senior vet at the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital, believes the task of saving Australia’s unique wildlife is achievable.

“I think the will is there … the know-how is there. It’s really about finding the dollars to be able to make it happen,” he said.

Another animal hospital on the east coast got a tremendous injection of funds.

The Port Macquarie Koala Hospital launched a Go-Fund Me campaign during the fires, hoping to raise $25,000, but in the end that climbed to $8 million.

Sue Ashton, president of Koala Conservation Australia, said they were amazed by the response.

But like the Celeste Barber campaign that raised $51 million for the NSW Rural Fire Service, there are strict Go-Fund Me limitations on how that money can be spent.

The hospital has launched a major partnership with the Taronga Conservation Society Australia, the Australian Museum and the University of Sydney to start breeding and replacing koalas in areas devastated by the fires.

It is also funding 140 drinking stations in critical habitat across several states, something other groups like WIRES are also funding.

Ms Taylor said that despite the tragic impact of the fires, there had never been this much money available to support wildlife carers.

“So those outcomes for hundreds of thousands of animals that come into care each year will be vastly improved.”

The task of saving Australia’s unique wildlife has never been so big.

The WWF has launched an even more ambitious plan to raise $300 million over 10 years to protect wildlife and restore habitat.

But WWF’s Darren Grover said the task was getting more difficult, not less.

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Black bat infants rescued from Rockhampton ready for release three months after state-wide rescue mission

More than 70 baby black bats on the brink of starvation three months ago are now being released into the wild after carer groups from across Queensland united in their rescue.

The infants were among hundreds of bat pups that were abandoned by their mothers at the Rockhampton Botanical Gardens in early December, in an event that puzzled wildlife carers.

The volume of bats that required care overwhelmed local volunteers and three groups from Brisbane and one from Townsville banded together to launch a rescue mission.

Bat Conservation and Rescue Queensland’s president Melinda Brennan coordinated the rescue between the four groups, having learnt lessons from last year’s bushfires when Queensland bat groups helped groups in New South Wales.

“We’re learning that if we can coordinate together, we can best utilise our resources for the best outcome for our volunteers and the bats,” Ms Brennan said.

The military-style operation saw rescuers drive through the night to Rockhampton to collect the pups and then return home.

“Our bat orphans arrived very late at night,” Ms Brennan said of the 42 pups taken to Brisbane.

Thirty pups went to the Stonedeaf Wildlife sanctuary in Townsville.

“Between the four groups, all the orphans were hand-raised and bottle-fed with special requirements to mimic their natural diet,” Ms Brennan said.

The bats have now been weaned and gone to flight school at Batavia, a specially built aviary on the outskirts of Brisbane where they could practise their flying skills while carers mimicked flying.

“And then, when they’re ready and reach a certain weight and certain size, they are what we call ‘soft released’ into the wild,” Ms Brennan said.

This has been happening at Batavia, where the cage doors have been opened so the bats can join the local colony.

“They are released at the same time as their wild counterparts, so their first flights and first adventures are at the same time,” Ms Brennan said.

During this soft release, the bats still receive supplement food so they can slowly integrate into the local colony.

“The local colony bats sometimes actually come in and get the little ones to show they were to go.”

At the other end of the state, Tara Hoffman from Stonedeaf Wildlife is in the middle of releasing her bats — all a far cry from the starving, dehydrated babies she collected three months prior.

“On the long drive home, we had to stop several times to give them all fluids,” Ms Hoffman said.

“There were some at the beginning where we had to do intensive care.

All of the pups survived. They now weigh between 350 and 400 grams and are ready to join the local wild populations.

“Nine of them have gone to the Whitsundays to be released,” Ms Hoffman said.

“Their cage door will be opened [this] week, and the next will be in the coming weeks and they will be released either in Townsville or Brisbane.”

More than 100 baby bats perished during the first three days of the mass abandonment event, Ms Hoffman said. It is not known what triggered the phenomenon.

“Within the fourth day, we did notice some adults coming back, so we’re just assuming that something scared them off.

“They are under a flight path, so perhaps a helicopter went down low and gave them a bit of a fright, but it was quite unusual.”

Ms Hoffman said having wildlife groups that were able to work together during the rescue was essential.

“We’ve always had a little bit to do with each other, but we are finding that when mass events happen like this, we all pitch in and get together and it makes thing run a lot smoother,” she said.

The Rockhampton Regional Council says it is closely monitoring the roost, which currently has about 3,000 black flying foxes — some with babies — and about 500 little red flying foxes.

Councillor Ellen Smith said the colony had been relatively stable over the past month.

“We can’t conclusively say what caused the little red flying foxes to abandon some of their young last year,” she said.

“But I will reiterate, the health and welfare of the flying fox colony and our community is our top priority.

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Covid-19 – How British science came to the rescue | Britain

ON FEBRUARY 28TH last year Martin Landray, an Oxford University professor, sent an email to Sir Jeremy Farrar, the director of the Wellcome Trust, a medical-research charity. At the end, as an aside, he added a question: was anyone thinking about randomised trials for covid-19 treatment? “Because if we don’t, then lots of drugs will get thrown at lots of patients,” Dr Landray recalls writing, “and we will be none the wiser about whether any of them work or don’t, or are even causing harm.”

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In less than a fortnight a protocol was ready. In less than three weeks patients had been recruited. In less than four months the trial had found the first successful treatment for covid-19: a cheap steroid called dexamethasone (which one estimate finds has so far saved 650,000 lives across the world). In less than a year it had found another, tocilizumab, and ruled out four more, including hydroxychloroquine, a drug promoted by Donald Trump.

Britain’s scientific response to the pandemic has been a mirror image of its political one. Although the government’s scientific advisers share blame for the original sin—the delayed response in March—they have since run a world-leading campaign. Alongside vast clinical trials, the country has been home to most of the world’s genetic sequencing, the development of a successful jab and its fast roll-out. Elite institutions, streamlined regulation and big datasets are a potent combination—as, it turns out, are close links between business, academia and government.

It is not hard to find evidence for the importance of path dependency. Most sequencing is done at the Wellcome Sanger Institute (named after Frederick Sanger, twice winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry); a vaccine was discovered at Oxford’s Jenner Institute (named after Edward Jenner, inventor of vaccination). As well as four excellent life-science universities, the country is home to deep-pocketed charities (the Wellcome Trust disburses more than £1bn, or $1.6bn, a year) and two big pharmaceutical firms (GlaxoSmithKline and AstraZeneca, which was recruited to manufacture Oxford’s vaccine).

Compared with other rich countries, the British state spends little on research and development. But what it does spend is concentrated on health (see chart)—which is in turn concentrated in leading institutions. Over half of government and charity spending on biomedical research goes to just three places: Oxford, Cambridge and west London (home to Imperial College London). British science is less hierarchical than much of Europe and more cosmopolitan. Researchers are enthusiastic international collaborators, working across borders more often than peers in America.

Recent governments have been keen to turn this powerful research base into jobs. Britain struggles to produce the big biotech firms that flourish in America thanks to the mix of funding, agglomeration and venture capital found in Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts. So in 2014 David Cameron set up the Office for Life Sciences, which sits between the business and health departments. “The thesis was that investment in life sciences is particularly effective,” says Nicole Mather, its first director, now at IBM, “because not only do you create jobs, but the NHS can also benefit from the products that are developed.” Three years later Theresa May’s industrial strategy put life sciences front and centre.

This focus on life sciences has delivered some concrete benefits. The Vaccine Manufacturing Innovation Centre (VMIC) in Harwell, Oxfordshire—a collaboration between three universities and two pharmaceutical firms—will soon churn out doses. But it also offers more subtle ones. As Stian Westlake, a former adviser to three science ministers, puts it: “If you tested every government on how well they understood life sciences, I bet the UK would score well.”

Sir John Bell, Oxford’s regius professor of medicine who led the life-sciences industrial strategy, is a regular in Downing Street. Sir Patrick Vallance, the government’s chief scientific adviser, was hired from GlaxoSmithKline. Kate Bingham, who led the vaccine taskforce, is a venture capitalist. Below them are civil servants with commercial experience. “Ten years ago people would have said, ‘The Americans are really good at people coming in and out of government from either science or industry’,” says a minister. “Well, we’ve now got that.”

The government has deferred to this expertise. Ms Bingham was given the freedom needed to strike deals. Sir Patrick was given a “fight fund”, which supported Dr Landray’s RECOVERY trial and COG-UK, a group of academics responsible for genetic sequencing. “Before we even met he was saying, ‘sequencing is important,’” says Sharon Peacock, who runs COG-UK. “And then by the time we met and got an application, they were ready to fund it very, very quickly.” Funding councils slashed approval times, working through the night, and created a single approval process to avoid duplication.

The ability to move quickly was particularly important to the RECOVERY trial. The World Health Organisation and the European Medicines Agency also stressed the need for big clinical trials. The difference, Dr Landray says, is that his team got in early: before the first wave had hit and treatment was set in stone. Britain’s chief medical officers wrote to every hospital urging them to take part, which they did.

“With vaccine development you can tell your classic great-man-of-history, out-there-creative-genius story,” says a funding-council director. RECOVERY, though, “was modern science, this was distributed, this was interdisciplinary, it was across lots of institutions and you had public engagement, you had volunteers.” The paper on dexamethasone in the New England Journal of Medicine was authored by the “RECOVERY Collaborative Group”; an appendix credits hundreds of researchers. COG-UK is another broad effort.

RECOVERY made use of something the NHS has long promised, but rarely delivered: patient data. The health service collects gallons of the stuff. But it is balkanised, leaving researchers hamstrung by data-sharing rules and interoperability problems. The government eased these rules, enabling both the RECOVERY trial and the OpenSAFELY one, which studied covid-19’s demographic impact. When the PRINCIPLE trial, which looks at pre-hospital treatment, was struggling to recruit, researchers teamed up with the test-and-trace system to bring in patients. Health Data Research UK, an outfit set up along with the industrial strategy, helped smooth data transfer for RECOVERY and COG-UK.

Ms Bingham has said that the pitch to pharmaceutical firms was that Britain could offer manufacturing, packaging and distribution, along with clinical trials. The country had little manufacturing capacity pre-pandemic—just two vaccine factories—but the UK BioIndustry Association, a trade group, was quick to find facilities that could be converted. Capacity has grown through the year, with firms lured by Ms Bingham’s offer, and will be further boosted by the VMIC in the autumn.

Much of this work has been aided by something less desirable: plenty of patients. As the funding-council director notes: “You can’t run a clinical trial in Taiwan or in New Zealand.” Similarly, the civil service’s early bumbling inspired the establishment of the vaccines and therapeutics taskforces.

Luck played a part, too. “If what happened at the start of 2020 was a coronal mass ejection that had knocked out the entire technology stack, we would probably be saying, ‘Goodness, if only we had more electrical engineers,’” says Mr Westlake. But the advantage of funding excellent research is that when a crisis hits, the government is more likely to have experts to hand. And as the example of covid-19 shows that is worth quite a lot.

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New police rescue truck delivered to Goulburn | Goulburn Post

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A new state-of-the-art Police Rescue truck, equipped with a high-tech vertical winch and a drone, has been rolled out today at its new home in Goulburn. This new lighter, custom made heavy rescue truck has seating for six people and will replace its medium rescue truck predecessor. With enhanced equipment storage, the Hino 1424 Medium Rigid Crew Cab has been designed by operators to ensure improved accessibility to equipment and has been fitted with the most up-to-date technology. READ ALSO: Open day at St Saviours Cemetery and Mortis St Cemetery coming soon Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott joined member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman, and NSW Police Force deputy commissioner David Hudson to unveil the new resource. Mr Elliott said this is the second of the 11 new heavy rescue trucks that will be delivered to metropolitan and regional locations across the state. “This is a major investment by this government to support the important work of our police rescue officers,” Mr Elliott said. “It will pay dividends for years to come, providing a responsive and well equipped rescue capability to serve the people of NSW.” READ ALSO: Goulburn a welcome change for new Kinghorne Street General Store owners Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman said the impressive new vehicle will be a great asset to the area. “The people of this area can rest easy knowing if they are ever in need of rescue, this truck will be well equipped to keep them safe,” Ms Tuckerman said. “The vehicles are outfitted with specialist equipment such as drones, vertical rescue ascender, 100 tonne hydraulic cylinders, extended duration breathing apparatus and road crash rescue hydraulics with electric rewind reels.” NSW Police Force deputy commissioner David Hudson said the new rescue truck fleet features the latest technology and equipment and has been developed based on the feedback of officers on the ground. “This is the second of our new heavy rescue trucks,” Mr Hudson said. READ ALSO: New officers to join the Hume Police District after attestation ceremony “The vehicles have been purpose-built based on the specifications and requirements identified by the rescue officers themselves. “Initial testing has been positive and I am confident that this new class of rescue truck will help us deliver enhanced rescue responses across the state.” The NSW Police Force will take delivery all outstanding heavy rescue trucks over the course of 2021, with six to be based in metropolitan locations and five regionally located. Did you know the Goulburn Post is now offering breaking news alerts and a weekly email newsletter? Keep up-to-date with all the local news: sign up below.


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