ACF Cadets fly high

May 10, 2016

Thirty-two cadets from 1st Battalion The Highlanders visited a Coastguard station to see first-hand how it operates. 

Members of Forres and Ardersier Detachments visited HM Coastguard Search & Rescue Base, based at Inverness Airport, to learn more about the role of the Coastguard as one of the UK Emergency Services.

The Cadets received a presentation, delivered by the Deputy Search and Rescue Flight Operations Manager and Chief Pilot Captain John McIntyre, about the purpose of UK Search & Rescue and how the base operates on a day-to-day basis. After the presentation the Cadets made their way to the hanger for a walk round the aircraft and were then split into groups to learn about the roles of each of the helicopter rescue crew, where they got a demonstration in First Aid, a demonstration on how the helicopter winch works and even had a chance to sit in the cockpit.

Cadet Colour Sergeant Jake Crawford (17), from Forres Detachment, said: “It was a very interesting and fun way to learn about the rescue services. It was definitely beneficial to see how the Coastguard operates.”

The visit was organised as part of the Cadet in the Community section of the Cadet training syllabus which teaches the Cadets about their responsibilities as citizens and helps them participate fully in the life of their community.