VRA volunteer chosen for training program

By Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Deniliquin Rescue Squad’s Jess Holloway will be taking part in the ISH24 Rescue training as part of International Women’s Day in March.

Mrs Holloway (pictured) was one of only 10 women chosen nationwide to participate in the week of internationally accredited training in rescue, vertical and confined spaces at Bendigo.

She said she was delighted to be selected for the training week, which she will receive free of charge.

‘‘It looked really interesting when I heard about it so I applied and I was lucky enough to get in,’’ she said.

‘‘I think it will allow me to learn new skills as well as further develop the skills I already have.

‘‘The training will also allow me to network with women within the organisation and industry.’’

Mrs Holloway has been a part of the VRA for nine years and is now a rescue operator, specialising in vertical and swift water.

She first joined the VRA when she wanted to give back to the local community.

‘‘I wanted to do something and I had some girlfriends in RFS but the rescue interested me more so I joined VRA and went from there,’’ Mrs Holloway said.

‘‘I recently finished a Cert IV in training and assessment so I am now the only qualified trainer in the Deniliquin Squad.

‘‘I enjoy volunteering and giving back to my community, along with the skills and opportunities that being a part of the rescue industry has given me.’’