WA Police Air Wing personnel should be as prepared as ever for search and rescue operations following construction of a new purpose-built winch simulator.
Superintendent John Leembruggen said the $250,000 investment, located at the Air Wing base in Jandakot, would provide crews with critical skills training.
“Winching during an emergency situation is one of the most dangerous duties our flight crew undertake and it is only performed when urgent rescue is required and no other safe option is available,” he said.
“To perform such tasks safely our officers need to train on a regular basis.
“The new winch simulator will provide a safe and realistic training platform that replicates both our helicopter winching equipment, and that can be used at any time, day or night, regardless of the weather.”