training sessions for the various station emergency teams (fire, hospital and search and rescue) are a feature of station work. This week, station fire team chief and Bureau of Meteorology
senior observer Will practised his team in the vitally important casualty
recovery procedures using BA (breathing apparatus). The
Bureau of Meteorology staff on station are responsible for managing the “clean
air lab” which samples and analyses our air here as some of the cleanest air on
the planet. Repairs were required this week to the anemometer mast at the clean
air lab. Senior diesel mechanic Robby assisted by fabricating a component on
his lathe, and Will was then able to climb the mast to fit the component.
fact of life here on Macca is the absence of roads and any form of mechanical
transportation around the island, except when helicopters are here, normally
only over resupply. Except our inflatable rubber zodiac boats! Our IRB’s
are an invaluable way of moving heavy items of any sort around the island,
as the only alternative to lugging on foot - not to mention an enjoyable way to
get out and about! This week we operated a two boat trip to Sandy Bay and Green
Gorge in order to move a load of assorted heavy materials between station and
the two field huts.