Vasse students given lesson in staying safe

Vasse Primary School students had a masterclass in safety on April 6 when the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter landed on the school oval.

Vasse Primary School was selected from more than 4,600 primary schools across Australia to learn about the importance of safety, and local emergency services, from the helicopter crew.

At the landing, students heard how they could keep safe – whether they were in the bush, backyard or surf.

They also had the opportunity to sit inside the helicopter and see the state-of-the art lifesaving equipment designed to deal with all emergency situations, such as the night vision goggle technology, winch capabilities and radio and navigation equipment.

Westpac Busselton bank manager Darren McNab said the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter Service was a vital community service.

“In bringing the service to Vasse Primary School, we hope to educate our youngest Australians about how they can avoid getting into danger, stay safe in an emergency, as well as teach them vital safety tips and advice from the very people at the forefront our emergency services,” he said.

The landings were awarded to schools who had been actively engaged in the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter Service schools program.