No matter the weather, no matter the time, the rescue crew are always ready. Staying rescue ready is a theme the crew focuses heavily on. Always being prepared to fly out to help people in need at a moments notice is the top priority.
September has been no different for the crew, and the transition into Spring has seen an increased number of call-outs compared to last month. The crew have already started to prepare for their busiest time of year. The crew have been tasked with missions in Greymouth, Westport, Hororata, Kaikoura, and dozens of more locations up and down the West Coast of the South Island.
The crew had planned to complete their 2 yearly avalanche/snow survival training this month, but due to new crew numbers coming on board shortly, have decided to delay this training. Mike McLintock, Crewman / ICP of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter andCrew Training Manager commented on the training from prior years, “The two day Mountain and Bush Survival training course is a tough one.We spend two nights on a mountain learning the necessary skills to look after ourselves and others in an extreme environment.One of the nights we spend in a snow cave we dig ourselves. It’s not the most comfortable sleep!”
The crew has been busy handling skiing and snowboarding incidents, not so typical for this time of year, but still expected. The crew urges everyone to stay safe as we being to transition into Summer.