Rutland Air Cadets have received the top award for safety within the Air Training Corps last week after having a very in-depth inspection.
The inspection was carried out by Miss Nicola Foster who is the Regional Health and Safety officer. She checked the building, all the squadron’s risk assessments and then watched as the cadets and staff complete a successful fire drill.
The Air Training Corps take health and safety very seriously and expect every squadron in the country to be at an acceptable standard, gaining a bronze or silver star award or the top award of a gold star which 2248 (Rutland) Squadron achieved. The squadron health and safety officer, Flight Sergeant Rob Gardner, said, “The squadron has done well to achieve this award, with the help of Cadet Flight Sergeant Bloor, we managed to show how professional the squadron is in this area”. Although the squadron has a Health and Safety officer, it is the Officer Commanding (OC) Flight Lieutenant Jackie Lawrence who is responsible for all the health and safety on the squadron. Flt Lt Lawrence said “I’m delighted that the squadron has met the standards to achieve this top award. I hope that in the future we as a squadron will continue at this high level.”
The inspection finished with the presentation of the gold star award certificate being handed to the squadron, it will now take pride of place on the squadron health and safety board.