RACQ Community Response Team ready for emergency.
RACQ Community Response Team ready for emergency. Georja Ryan

Disaster team on high alert

THE newly formed RACQ Community Response Team had its final training session in Killarney yesterday.

As part of the Queensland Government Disaster Recovery Operation, the group of 22 RACQ workers, now making up the CRT, underwent a series of training and practical learning initiatives in order to equip them with the skills to provide Queenslanders with assistance in times of disaster.

The RACQ CareFlight helicopter paid a visit to Killarney, giving workers realistic, hands-on experience while trained officials gave demonstrations.

RACQ communications manager Joe Fitzgerald said the team was established after a need was identified.

"In February, we recognised that people needed help with cyclone Yasi, so we put a team together then, and since that was so successful we decided to put a permanent team together," Mr Fitzgerald said.

Crew member Steve Irwin was among the many that attended the disaster zone of Yasi and said it was his time there that triggered his decision to join the CRT.

"I enjoyed the experience, helping people so it's good to be involved and to be able to give back to the community again," Mr Irwin said.

The crew will be available to assist in emergencies across the state from Brisbane to Weipa and everywhere in between.

Forecasters are tipping another season of volatile weather patterns.

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