Bayswater SES to hold night training with RAC Helicopter


Allan Hawke (Operations Manager SES Bayswater), Cr Sally Palmer and Cr Alan Radford with SES volunteers. Picture: Andrew Ritchie
Allan Hawke (Operations Manager SES Bayswater), Cr Sally Palmer and Cr Alan Radford with SES volunteers. Picture: Andrew Ritchie

THE RAC Helicopter will touch down in Morley next week as part of a night scenario to train Bayswater State Emergency Service (SES).

An electronic visual beacon will be tested on the night and the helicopter will land on Pat O’Hara Reserve, which adjoins Morley Sport and Recreation Centre, the City’s designated evacuation centre.

Bayswater SES operations officer Alan Hawke said it was important to continue to improve volunteers’ skills and they had not worked with the RAC Helicopter before.

“We’ll turn off the lights, have it as black as we can, put out beacons for hazards,” he said.

“Working near a helicopter can be dangerous and it’s important that emergency responders are trained in the correct procedures to keep themselves, their colleagues and the public safe.

“I don’t think the RAC Helicopter has been involved in another night-time scenario in the suburbs like this.”

Bayswater Mayor Barry McKenna the exercise would bring together the SES, the City, St John Ambulance and other agencies to update their procedures.

“It is imperative that we are prepared in the event of an emergency,” he said.

The RAC Helicopter is set to land July 13, 7.30pm, with an alternative date set for July 20 depending on weather and operational matters.