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MTB EMERGENCY PROCEDURES

Credit : Nick Waygood | Narooma MTB Club

IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS & APPS

Emergency App
trail forks app

In an emergency call 000

No service emergency number 112

 

  • Please keep in mind there is limited or no phone service around Lawlers Creek and other areas of the Narooma MTB trail network

  • No service emergency number 112 (this number may also be patchy at times)

  • Download the Emergency Plus and Trailforks Apps

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Credit : Nick waygood | Narooma MTB Club

MOUNTAIN BIKING INVOLVES THE RISK OF SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH

Your knowledge, decisions and actions contribute to your safety and that of others. You waive your rights to sue as outlined in the Southbound Escapes waiver.

WHAT TO DO IN AN EMERGENCY

You should never move anyone after they have had a serious fall. Before you call 000, use the Emergency Plus app or Trailforks, you must collate the necessary information from the people that are with the injured person. Please keep in mind that due to the remoteness of the MTB trail network, it may take a while for emergency services to attend.

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1. ASSESS

Assess the injured person so you can relate the information to the operator. Get all information, eg. They may have broken their arm, but have they also hit their head? ALL information is important.

2. WHERE ARE YOU

You will be asked where you are. You are in the Narooma Mountain Bike Trail system in the Bodalla State Forest, Kianga.

3. LOCATION

Emergency services will get your GPS location from your phone call. You need to say if you are with the injured person and if not, is the injured person is at the top, middle or bottom of the trails (approximately). Otherwise emergency services will send the ambulance to your GPS location and it may not be the quickest or correct route.

4. EMERGENCY POINT (EP)

This is very important. Look for the nearest EP number (emergency point) near the injured person. You must relate this number to the operator. You will need to say, “You must give this number to the local ambulance as they have a map with these EP points.” These EP points will allow the ambulance to understand which roads/route they need to take to get to the EP point on the trail. Keep in mind the operators are not in our area most of the time. They will ask if the local station has maps and know the location. The Narooma, Bermagui and Moruya stations all know the trails and have the Emergency Point maps, along with the VRA and the RFS. Only Bermagui, RFS, Fire and Rescue and the VRA have 4wd vehicles.

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION

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SNAKE BITES

In case of snakebite immobilise the rider and call 000 and do not move!

HELICOPTER PAD

There is a helicopter pad, if required, located at the top of the Gravity Zone away from the trailhead 200m towards the east along Nobles Fire Trail and also one over near the Playground/Mitchells Ridge rd on Shuttle drop off road.

LOCAL HOSPITALS

  • Moruya Hospital is approximately 25 minutes north from the main trailhead.

  • Bega Hospital (larger and more well equipped) is approximately 1 hour south from the main trailhead.

AMBULANCE

Narooma has a local Ambulance Station, Fire and Rescue, VRA and RFS crews. In addition to asking for an Ambulance you can request any of these to attend.

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IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO ALWAYS

1. READ EMERGENCY PROCEDURES

Please read the emergency procedures prior to your shuttle.

2. PROTECT YOURSELF

Use an appropriate bike, helmet and protective equipment and never ride under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

3. CONTROL YOUR BIKE

You are responsible for avoiding objects and people. Stop safely at all times. Always be prepared for someone, something or wildlife that you might come across.

4. KNOW YOUR LIMITS

Ride within your ability at all times. Parents/guardians are responsible for ensuring children under 16 can meet this condition.

5. RESPECT SIGNAGE & RULES

Be aware of one-way trails. Trails are closed for various safety and maintenance reasons. Never enter a closed area and always obey signs, staff, notices and warnings. 

6. INSPECT TRAILS & FEATURES

Conditions change constantly. Inspect the trails and features beforehand, consider the weather and plan and adjust your riding accordingly. When scoping, make sure you’re not standing in a blind spot and you and your bike is completely off the trail. 

7. BE VISIBLE

Never stop where you obstruct a trail, feature or can’t be seen.

8. LEAVE NO TRACE

Protect our forest and waterways by taking your rubbish with you.

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