On Thursday 24 Oct 1359 (Beeston) Squadron, Royal Air Force Air Cadets, were visited by Nichola Foster, the Health, Safety and Environment Officer for the ACO, responsible for the Central and East Region. The purpose of her visit was to assess and advise the squadron on all matters of health and safety and environmental awareness.
The evening started with a close look at all the paperwork held in the squadrons Health and Safety binder which was checked against the HSE Advisors check sheet. A walk round the squadron lines followed, looking at all aspects of health and safety. An informal back brief followed from the HSE Advisor at which point the Squadrons Commanding Officer, Flt Lt Bannister, was informed that the final test would be to complete a successful fire drill. A Gold Star would be awarded if the unit could demonstrate the full suite of fire evacuation drills, for example prompt and safe exiting of the building, fire marshalling and roll call.
With the successful fire drill complete the squadron had done enough to achieve a Gold Star on its very first inspection, something that not many squadrons within the ATC have achieved. 1359’s Health and Safety Officer, WO (ATC) Gary Tinsley would like to thank all those who ensure the squadron stays safe, the cadets, the staff and especially CI Mike Hill who stepped into the breach during WO Tinsley’s time away on Olympic duties.
WO (ATC) G TINSLEY
Health and Safety Officer
1359 (Beeston) Squadron