View post tag: usa View post tag: Naval Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: NS Everett Conducts Exercise Reliant Cloud View post tag: News by topic Emergency response teams at Naval Station Everett coordinated with the city of Everett’s Fire Department, local hospitals and other community authorities during the base’s annual emergency response Exercise Reliant Cloud, June 25.The exercise simulated a scenario in which a vehicle collision causes a chemical tanker truck to begin leaking, and releasing toxic chemicals resulting in mock injuries.“This was a realistic and fast-paced exercise. It is one of several training exercises we do throughout the year to prepare for any possible emergency situation,” said Mark Brooks, Naval Station Everett’s operations officer. “It was meant first and foremost to evaluate our ability to respond to and mitigate a Hazardous Material (HAZMAT) threat and save lives in the process. It also helps to build our working relationship with our local emergency aid partners, who are a vital asset to this installation.”Volunteer Sailors acted as mock victims who had come in contact with the toxic chemicals. These victims were assessed by local firefighters upon arrival on the scene and decontaminated at a temporary decontamination station set up in a parking lot near the simulated accident site.The victims with the worst simulated injuries were further assessed by corpsmen from the Naval Branch Health Clinic Everett. The most severe patients were transferred to local hospitals in the Everett area for critical treatment.“As a mock victim of this drill, it makes you think about what it would be like to be in a real situation like this,” said Machinist’s Mate 3rd Class Errie Evangelista, assigned to the Naval Station Everett’s Operations department. “It’s good to know that we are prepared and ready to respond to any situation that might come up.”Firefighters thoroughly investigated the simulated accident scene, secured the area and made required reports.“Situations like this can be very dynamic and spin out of control at any time,” said Navy Region Northwest Fire and Emergency Services Assistant Regional Training Chief Brian Pille. “The firefighters from the base and from the Everett fire department, the corpsman from the branch medical clinic and from local hospitals are integral parts of completing our important mission of keeping this base and its personnel safe.”After the exercise, all team members involved met for debriefing and an evaluation of their performance during the drill. “Overall, the exercise went very smoothly and all mission objectives were achieved in a timely manner,” said Pille. “The base and local personnel worked efficiently together as always. Their performance during this drill gives me confidence that this base could respond to any dangerous situation that might arise.”[mappress]Naval Today Staff, July 27, 2012; Image: US Navy Training & Education View post tag: conducts July 27, 2012 View post tag: Navy USA: NS Everett Conducts Exercise Reliant Cloud View post tag: Cloud View post tag: Exercise View post tag: Everett View post tag: Reliant View post tag: NS Share this article
Solicitor Matthew Ray has become an advocate of online selling. AAP Image/Claudia Baxter.Buying and selling property is set to move into the modern era with a national digitised conveyancing platform to change the way we trade property.Gone will be the days of the long wait for bank cheques to clear and errors holding up settlements, as the industry embraces a modern way to deal with Australia’s $7.2 trillion residential property market.A new platform which allows buyers, sellers, banks and solicitors to exchange and settle on real estate electronically has been created by Property Exchange Australia Limited (PEXA).According to PEXA group executive, Mike Cameron, the system speeds up many parts of the settlement process.It would allow sellers to receive their money immediately rather than waiting three days for bank cheques to clear.“You’re (buyers) also lodged on the title immediately as opposed to the paper world where it can take up to several weeks before your name is on the title, and you own the property,” he said.Mr Cameron said because information could be shared and cross checked between parties before settlement, the platform removed possible errors that could slow down a property settlement.“Misspelled names or where you can’t settle if the bank cheque is five cents out – in PEXA, that all goes away,’’ he said.He said between 22 per cent and 30 per cent of settlements carried out in the “paper world’’ failed or had to be moved because of the errors that could occur.Mr Cameron tipped that as awareness of the system grew, electronic conveyancing would become much more commonplace. He said the security of the PEXA system was similar to that of the banks.“We are heavily regulated by ARNECC – Australian Registrars’ National Electronic Conveyancing Council – and we have to be compliant there from a security perspective, be it cyber process and so forth. It’s audited annually and we have the same protections (as the banking sector has) in place,” he said.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North1 hour agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by The end game is to see 100 per cent digital across all property transactions, Mr Cameron said.An early adopter of the system was Queensland firm, Craig Ray & Associates.Solicitor Matthew Ray said while the system was available in Queensland now, the movement away from the old paper- only process was taking some time.“We were one of the first 50 subscriber law firms in Australia – I call myself a bit of a PEXA evangelist to other solicitors,” he said.“The limitation with the rollout in Queensland is the legal practitioners.“A large number are registered to use it and have never done a settlement in it,” he said.“It’s a shame because the platform is intuitive and closely mirrors what we call the ‘paper settlement’, so it’s not hard to learn in any way, shape or form, it’s just a bit of an old stuffy profession that’s reluctant to change,” he said.Mr Ray said he doesn’t miss the old system and looked forward to PEXA being broadly adopted.“The old system was riddled with opportunities for human error,” he said.“With the online platform, there is no data entry, there are no figures that can go wrong. “The whole thing balances and checks itself so that settlements happen smoothly, on time and with a much reduced opportunity for human error to play a part in delaying things,” he said.