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Newton Receives a Visit from the Fire Service 'Search and Rescue' Team

Article posted: Aug 22, 2012 by Sqn Ldr Pass

Following on from a visit by RAF Regiment only two days before, the Newton Cadets were treated to another great visit, this time by the ‘firemen’ who perform search and rescue, and in addition help to release trapped victims from all sorts of predicaments. The visit was arranged by CI Andrew Sherwin, who not only arranged the visit, but also laid on a very good BBQ for the cadets, and visiting firemen.

It was soon explained to the cadets, that although they were initially classically trained firemen, that their training had carried on from that, and turned them into specialists, who would rarely be asked to actually fight a fire any more.

The equipment they carry allows rescue of people from water, under water and trapped in wreckage, much like a real life “thunderbirds”.

The cadets asked a lot of question, many of which were relevant, on the equipment, and how the firemen performed rescues.
It was explained to the cadets, piece by piece with great detail, and more than a degree of humour.

Newton have been promised a follow up visit “soon” since the engine and equipment shown are due to be replaced by a new engine with entire new tools. In fact, they already have the new engine, but it is not cleared for duty yet.

By CI Sean Swales
1936 (Newton) Squadron MCO