Six months on, Westpac Lifesaver Helicopter Rescue Service to revisit Bundaberg’s flood-affected schools
When Bundaberg was hit by a sea of water in January this year, members of the state’s peak beach safety and rescue authority – Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ) – were in the thick of it on the ground, in the flood waters and in the air in the Westpac Lifesaver Helicopter Rescue Service (WLSHRS) assisting with the evacuation of residents in the flood zones.
Six months later, members of the ‘red and yellow’ army who were in the air with the WLSHRS Lifesaver 5 rescue helicopter are returning to Bundaberg, visiting local schools affected by the floods.
On Friday 26 July, students at Bundaberg’s North State School, East State School, Central State School, South State School and St John’s Lutheran Primary School will receive a flying visit from WLSHRS Lifesaver 5, where they will have the opportunity to view the helicopter up close, meet the crew who were involved in mass airlift and rescues, and learn more about what was involved in their lifesaving actions.
SLSQ’s Lifesaving Development Officer for the Wide Bay Capricorn region, Jamie Findlay, said that this would be a great opportunity for the students to hear from the people who were instrumental in the rescue efforts.
“When the students at these schools witnessed what was going on around them during the floods, they would have seen our guys in their red and yellow helping out in the air and on the ground,” Findlay said.
“These school visits are a great opportunity for these students to hear directly from those who were involved and see the WLSHRS Lifesaver 5 that was also involved up close.”
“This is also an important opportunity for the pilot and crew who undertook the rescues to revisit the area and see how far it has come, while talking to the kids whose lives they undoubtedly helped,” Findlay said.
Each hour-long school visit will incorporate a landing of WLSHRS Lifesaver 5, the helicopter used for rescues during the floods, a talk by the pilot and crew who were involved in the rescues, an opportunity for students to ask questions and get up close to the helicopter, and finally a take-off.