Cadets visit HM Coastguard base

February 28, 2024
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A group of cadets standing beside an HM Coastguard helicopter.

Army Cadets from the Western Isles took part in a visit to learn how emergency services work.

The cadets from 1st Battalion The Highlanders’ Stornoway Detachment visited HM Coastguard’s Bristow Helicopters Search & Rescue base on 8 February. Bristow Helicopters is supportive of Defence, formalising that commitment in 2021 by signing the Armed Forces Covenant. It was also awarded a Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Silver Award in 2022.

The highlight of the visit was a tour of the rescue helicopter, where the cadets had the opportunity to see around the inside and outside of the aircraft, with technicians and pilots to guide them through how everything works.

Following the tour of the helicopter, the crew gave a demonstration of their ability to co-ordinate and take part in marine search and rescue, in supporting a casualty evacuation. Throughout the evening the cadets also had the chance to try items of equipment and later expressed their thanks to the team for allowing them to visit.

Group of cadets being given a tour of a helicopter.
The cadets listen as they learn about the search and rescue helicopter.

The visit was organised as part of their Community Engagement section of the Army Cadet Syllabus. A major part of the training for any cadet is citizenship training and the topic forms part of the syllabus. Through participating in community projects, cadets will build an understanding of how a community functions and the difference you can make now or in the future. In this case they were learning how the emergency services work together when needed.

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