This week at the station
This week at Davis: 14 December 2012
Antarctica is the driest continent on earth and there is also no fire brigade to call on, so fire is a real danger. The crew are suitably trained by the Tasmanian Fire Brigade to be able to combat fires and rescue each other should that need ever arise. Training consists of learning how to use a fire hose, work the water pump, use a breathing apparatus, conduct building rescues and how to deal with dangerous goods. The training goes for seven days after which a fire chief is selected who is then responsible for ongoing training at station.
Lay surgical training
In the event the station doctor be required to perform a medical procedure, he or she would require expert help. As there are no nurses on station, four expeditioners are selected from the winter crew to train for two weeks at the Royal Hobart Hospital. Here they are taught basic lay surgical skills to assist the doctor, should there be a need. The expeditioners trained this year included a carpenter, a mechanic, a plumber and a communication technician. Plenty of skills there!
Search & rescue training (SAR)
A very large component of Antarctic training is the ability to self-rescue. Although a lot of this training is done in the Antarctic, many of the basics can be taught in Tasmania before departure. By the end of summer, Davis station will have trained up a very strong and capable SAR team.