Banksia Grove students get flying visit from rescue chopper

Banksia Grove students get flying visit from rescue chopper
Banksia Grove students get flying visit from rescue chopper
Banksia Grove students get flying visit from rescue chopper

STUDENTS watched in wonder as a rescue helicopter touched down at their Banksia Grove school last week.

Banksia Grove Primary School was selected from more than 3000 schools across Australia for the opportunity to be visited by the Fremantle-based Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter Service after completing its educational program.

Children were able to meet the helicopter’s crew and find out more about its rescue work.

Principal Helen Abbott said the program taught students the importance of community emergency services.

“It is important for the children at Banksia Grove Primary School to learn about the not-for-profit emergency services that keep them and their community safe, including the service,” she said.

“The children loved their visit today and giving them the opportunity to ask the crew questions and even sit inside the helicopter was priceless.”

Westpac Wanneroo bank manager Karina Martin said the business was proud to help educate the school about the service.

“Bringing the Rescue Helicopter Service out to schools is another way we can showcase the amazing work the rescue crew do each day,” she said.

The service has a national fleet of 17 helicopters operating from 13 bases, with Surf Life Saving WA operating the Fremantle and Bunbury based helicopters between September and April each year.