Another week has past here at Casey and it continues to get colder, and darker. Conditions outside are not dampening the enthusiasm on station in the slightest. Field parties headed out to Jacks Hut and Wilkes over the weekend. Clint and Adam finished off their igloo project on the helipad, and the walking club embarked on a big Sunday walk, and another impromptu poker night emerged.
The sea ice is making an attempted return again out in Newcomb Bay, and so far has survived the 60+ knot winds that we received this week.
Our first winter all–station fire exercise was held late last week with BA teams searching the Red Shed for a ‘missing’ fictional visitor, whilst the remainder of the expeditioners formed teams on pumps and hoses on the fire Hägg, or assisted doctor Elise with patient treatment. Under the leadership of fire chief Muscles, our fictional friend was found and retrieved from the building, and the fictional fire contained and extinguished. This ongoing ERT raining continues to build confidence and capability in our ability to respond to any unexpected events on station.
Anzac Day on station followed tradition, leading with a Dawn Service, and a day of the community getting involved in activities including a pool competition and two–up.
Led by our SCTO Clint, station marked Anzac Day with a fitting and respectful day of remembrance, in support of our four ex-servicemen on station, and those who have made sacrifices throughout history. The day was rounded out with a Hawthorn Football Club themed cake for Sealy, who celebrates his birthday on Anzac Day.
For the later half of this week, the beats of the Bee Gees ‘Staying Alive’ is drifting through the Red Shed, as Dr Elise takes us all through a basic life support and first aid refresher training session.
Jacque Comery, Station Leader