Ministry of Defense trains local rescue workers in helicopter ‘marshalling ‘

Last week the Royal Navy has organized a series of trainings on Saba and St. Eustatius. The training sessions were aimed at the deployment of the medical helicopter involved in the transport of victims. The students were ;taught how to make a ‘ landing point ‘ and the so-called ‘ marshalling’: giving directions to the helicopter pilot in landing and departure. They also got explanations about the aircraft. With a short flight the theory was then brought into practice by each participant.

The training was attended by employees of the Caribbean Netherlands Fire Department, the Korps Politie Caribisch Nederland, the staff of the hospital and ambulance and port services and employees of Nustar. This company also paid the rent of the helicopter for the training sessions. Instructors were SMJRMARNALG Marnix Haverkamp and SM Frank Mulder.

The training took place in order to have crew members of emergency services on Saba and St. Eustatius available, who are competent in guiding helicopters in case of an emergency.

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