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Northern NSW : Rescue Spring 2017
Glencore’s long-standing partnership with the Rescue Helicopter has helped support a simulated underground mine rescue training operation on 25 July. Designed to simulate a real life scenario, 20 people took part in the exercise at Integra Underground Mine which is located in the Upper Hunter, about 12km northeast of Singleton. Glencore’s corporate partnership also assists with the funding of upskilling our pilots through simulated training exercises in Sydney. The valuable partnership represents an ongoing commitment by Glencore and the Rescue Helicopter to improve and support each other through developing life- saving team work. Varley Engineering has been contracted to build a new Helicopter Underwater Escape Training (HUET) simulator for the Service. Better known as a “dunker”, the simulator is designed to be strong, lightweight and equipped with exact emergency-release mechanisms. An innovative feature is to replicate the new AW139 aircraft type. This includes providing seating for four persons, operating doors and pushout windows, which will assist to enable realistic emergency scenario drills. HUET training teaches flight crews the emergency procedures to safely extricate themselves from a “ditched” aircraft. Varley Engineering is a valued sponsor of the Service and has generously donated its expert engineers to design and build the unique training aid. Participants taking part in the training drill Mine rescue drill New simulator New simulator under construction 11 Rescue Magazine SPRING 2017
Rescue Winter 2017