Chopper thrill for St Virgil’s kids

6 July 2023|Community News, Education| Off Comments off on Chopper thrill for St Virgil’s kids|

ST Virgil’s College Junior School students were treated to a special visit recently when the Westpac Rescue Helicopter dropped into Austins Ferry.

Students had the opportunity to meet the crew that patrols Tasmania’s skies, and learn about keeping safe in the great outdoors.

“We know lots of students will be out and about exploring our amazing bushland and coastline over summer, so it’s never too early to remind young Tasmanians about keeping safe,” Westpac Glenorchy bank manager Andrea Gebka said.

“The interactive session is very exciting for St Virgil’s junior school students, as they can sit inside the helicopter and see up- close the state-of-the-art lifesaving equipment – such as night vision goggles and radio navigation tools – designed to help the crew deal with emergency situations.”

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter plays a vital role in Tasmania, performing missions including maritime search and rescue, missing bushwalker rescues, and responding to motor vehicle emergencies.

“Flying into a school and seeing the children’s faces lit up with excitement is always a highlight for the team,” Westpac Rescue Helicopter Tasmania crew member Josh Peach said.

“Naturally, the kids get a real high seeing the helicopter land and take off. It’s also really important for them to understand that what they see in front of them is the cumulative efforts of dozens of people – from engineering and logistics, to training and community liaison.

”It’s the work of all these teams which enables such complex operations to be conducted safely, and for us as a charity to provide such a valuable community service.”

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