THIS month students at St John’s Catholic School were treated to a special visit from the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.
Students were provided with an opportunity to meet the crew that patrols Tasmania’s skies, and learn about keeping safe in the lead up to summer.
Westpac Tasmania Bank Manager Justin Hursey said students heard first-hand from the crew who dedicate their lives to helping others in the community when they need it most.
“Westpac is proud to continue its longstanding support of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service in Tasmania and help educate our young people about emergency services,” he said.
“As we approach the summer months, we know lots of students will be out and about exploring our amazing bushland and coastline, so it’s also an important time to remind young Tasmanians about keeping safe.
“The interactive session was very exciting for St John’s Catholic School students, many got to sit inside the helicopter and look at some of the state-of-the-art lifesaving equipment – such as night vision goggles and radio navigation tools.”
Westpac Rescue Helicopter Tasmania plays a vital role in the state, operating as a free community service that’s available 24/7, 365 days a year.
The Service has operated in the state for more than 22 years and flown some 3,000 missions since its inception, which includes maritime search and rescue support, missing bushwalker rescues, attending rock climbing accidents and responding to motor vehicle emergencies.
The Westpac Rescue Helicopter Tasmania Service is based in Hobart with two helicopters that cover the entire state, including all 52 islands of the Furneaux Group off the north-eastern tip of Tasmania.