Rangers participated in practical training to equip them in responding to wildlife strandings, oil spills, natural disasters and pest outbreaks. Two-way learning of large-scale incident response in the Great Barrier Reef.
The training also provided a unique opportunity for participants to guide government bodies on how to respond to incidents using a broad range of considerations including cultural heritage.
The training was delivered by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and is the first of its kind, bringing together multiple agencies including Australian Institute of Marine Science, Maritime Safety Queensland, Australian Maritime Safety Authority, Biosecurity Queensland, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service and Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment.
The rangers participated in practical exercises, role-plays, and scenarios and will now have the ability to apply these skills in-field. The training also covered emerging technologies in incident response, communication in a crisis scenario, and how responders can stay safe when dealing with incidents in the field.
Traditional Owners are the crucial link to reporting and responding to incidents as they can provide crucial, on-the-ground information about the area which may influence the response, decision making processes and priority areas to protect to ensure the environment and cultural heritage values are protected.
Indigenous Rangers are often the first point of contact on the ground. Information and lessons learnt from the training will form part of the Authority’s Incident Management Framework and will guide the Australasian Inter-Service Incident Management System (AIIMS).