Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Drops In On Hobartville Public School

Written by: The Hawkesbury Phoenix

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Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Service dropped in on students from Hobartville Public School on Wednesday, May 22.

Hobartville Public School students were treated to a special visit from the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Service on Wednesday, May 22.

The helicopter landed at 1:30 pm providing students with an opportunity to meet the crew that watches over NSW from the sky and learn about keeping safe along the coast.

Operating out of two bases at La Perouse in Sydney and Moruya on the South Coast, the service plays a vital role in the state providing essential support through search and rescue missions, aerial surveillance, flood support and beach and coastal patrols.

With the service recently celebrating 50 years of operation it has performed more than 100,000 missions and no-one has ever had to pay to be rescued.

Westpac Regional General Manager, Cameron Russell said students heard first hand from the crew that dedicated their lives to helping others in the community when they needed it most.

“Westpack is proud to continue its longstanding support of the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Service and help educate our young people about emergency services.

“During the weekends, holidays and throughout the summer season we know lots of students are out and about exploring our amazing coastline, rivers and other locations, so it’s important to remind young Australians about keeping safe no matter what time of year it is or what you are doing.

“The interactive session is very exciting for Hobartville Public School students, as they can see up-close the state-of-the-art lifesaving equipment designed to help the crew keep not only NSW’s beaches safe, but provide assistance throughout the state.

“It’s a fun exercise for everyone involved.”

General Manager Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Service, Shane Daw said it was very rewarding working in a role to help the community safe.

‘It’s great to be able to help teach secondary school children about how to stay safe when venturing outdoors, what to do during an emergency and the important role of the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter and emergency services within the community,” Mr Daw said.

“The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopters worker in with other emergency services to ensure that when anyone is in trouble that we were there to help them in their time of need.

“While we hope you will never need us, if you do we will be there to help.”

Westpac has partnered with the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter Service nationally for 50 years - one of the longest community partnerships in Australia.

If you’d like to find out more information about the Westpac Schools Landing program, click here: https://www.westpac.com.au/help/community/rescue/schools/

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