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Annual Camp at DFTDC

Article posted: Aug 20, 2012 by Sqn Ldr Pass

Air cadets from 1181 (Syston) Squadron, 1F (Leicester), 1461 (Wigston) Squadron, 2229 (Loughborough) Squadron and 858 (Rushden) Squadron have just returned from Annual Camp at the Defence Fire Training and Development Centre, DFTDC Manston ( ex RAF Manston a famous WW2 RAF station) now the home of Fire Fighting Training for the armed forces.

The cadets had a busy programme devised by Flt Lt East RAFVR (T) and Sgt Watson RAF. This included visits to Dover Castle, the Battle of Britain Memorial at Capel le Ferne, Spitfire Museum, Chatham Dockyard and an airside visit to Kent International Airport. The cadets were also treated to some excellent weather that meant that Friday afternoon was spent on the beach, they also had the opportunity to try land-yachting.

The highlight of the week was the fire safety and awareness day, which was a full day of advanced fire fighting training, where the Air Cadets were supplied with a helmet, fire retarddent suits and fire boots. They learnt about the undertaking searching, rescuing, confined space manoeuvres and practical fire fighting using all common fire extinguishers. They got the chance to extinguish a wide variety of liquid and solid fuelled fires using fire extinguishers and more powerful fire-fighting equipment. The cadets also got to witness several training scenarios being carried out by the RAF trainee firefighters.

A good week all round thoroughly enjoyed by all!

1181 (Syston) Squadron