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Simulator to assist WA rescue training

AAP logoAAP 11/09/2016 Rebecca Gredley

A winch simulator has been constructed to provide training for search and rescue operations to WA police air wing personnel.

WA police are the lead agency for search and rescue operations in WA and operate two helicopters with winching equipment, to rescue people stranded both on land and sea.

Superintendent John Leembruggen said the new wing simulator will provide an increased capacity for personnel to undertake critical skills training.

"Winching during an emergency situation is one of the most dangerous duties our flight crew undertake, and is only performed when urgent rescue is required and no other safe option is available," he said.

"The new winch simulator will provide a safe and realistic training platform that replicates both our helicopters' winching equipment, and can be used at any time, day or night, regardless of the weather outside."

Winch training is critical to ensure the safety of both those on board the police helicopters, and those being rescued.

Training is currently done using a police helicopter, which is reliant on suitable weather conditions, making training difficult to plan.

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