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138 Squadron decides Salt or Not

Article posted: Jan 17, 2013 by Flt Lt Waplington

Last week cadets from local 138 squadron Air Training Corps, had a visit from Nottinghamshire County Councils Winter maintenance teams
The cadets had demonstration into the art of winter maintenance activities within the county .All the cadets had a 45 minute lesson in why and how Nottinghamshire County Council take the decision to go out and Salt the carriageways in Nottinghamshire. The lesson was interactive with cadets learning about all the processes involved with winter maintenance, including weather patterns and weather forecasting.

Nottinghamshire County Council sent a brand new state of the art gritter (from its fleet) for the cadets to get to grips with. The cadets had the opportunity with supervision to operate the snow plough and learn about the gritter under the tuition of operator Antony Rodgers
Cadet Louis Harrington is quoted as saying :
“I enjoyed the visit from the NCC Highways, especially when the road gritter came. I learnt a lot about the road and its dangers when Icy”

Cadet Corporal Daniel Bradley said “I thoroughly enjoyed the night especially getting to know how the gritter worked. I learnt lots about how and why Nottinghamshire County Council grits the road and the different conditions they encounter. The cadets where well behaved and clearly enjoyed the night as well.”

Councillor Richard Jackson, Chairman of the County Councils transport and highways committee, said “well done to Brian for organising this evening. I’m sure the cadets will have a great time getting up close to one of our gritting Lorries – and learning how we keep Nottinghamshire on the move during the winter”
138 squadron Air Training Corps would like to thank Nottinghamshire County Council for the opportunity to see firsthand the winter maintenance teams and showing how the decisions are made prior to gritting roads in Nottinghamshire

CI Brian Layton
SMCO
138 Sqn