We have kicked off May with small victories all week on the work and social front here at Casey.
We wrapped up last week with an end of month get together, hosted by the plumbers. Such challenges as apple bobbing and watching videos of sewers exploding ensued. Thanks team plumbing!
The infrastructure team has had a successful week this week, with Adam and Zac forging ahead with commissioning works on the balloon building upgrade. Brendan, Chris and Simo are making great progress down in the wastewater treatment building erecting walls and HVAC hangers.
The mechanical team is making great progress working their way through the servicing, maintenance and winterisation of much of the Wilkins Aerodrome plant and equipment in readiness for next season.
The Casey walking club transformed into the ‘Casey Walking Bus’ this week. In blizzard conditions all essential travel around station is undertaken in pairs, and so work groups moved around station, picking up and dropping off expeditioners from building to building along the way, rather like a walk to school walking bus.
These latest winds however have blown out much of our sea ice for the second time. The view to Newcomb Bay from station is once again of open water.
Saturday night on station was celebrated with a Persian food night. The mess was transformed with a tent constructed in the mess, filled with cushions and rugs and coffee tables. A delicious feast was enjoyed by all, along with some impromptu belly dancing from a certain shy BoM observer — costume and all.
Station gremlins have kept us on our toes this week testing us with alarms. We were rudely awoken at 4 am on Tuesday during a 60 kt blizzard, with what turned out to be a system fault triggering the fire alarm in one of our buildings. The lesson there — some people wake up better than others, and most people need coffee to wake up! The next morning we were all called to muster again for a SAR alarm at around 8:30am in response to an emergency radio transmission, which turned out to be a malfunctioning vehicle radio. On the upside, our emergency response teams and station response overall is functioning very effectively. Despite all of the training that we do, there is nothing like real time alarm musters for testing our responses.
On the fitness front, Mat organised a beep test on Wednesday night in the green store. Most of station participated, many with very impressive results. Now that we have a baseline for our fitness levels, most people are keen to repeat the exercise in a month.
Until next week…
Jacque Comery, Station Leader