Aside from all the usual work tasks, the last week at Mawson has been very busy with additional training.
We’ve all been put through Hägglunds sea ice rescue training, which is about being able to get the Hägglunds back on the firm ground should you break through the sea ice. Wind chill was about −35°C on the day we did the training, which only increased our thinking that we really don’t want to put ourselves into a situation where we may have to do this for real.
For our monthly fire training session, the teams did a full BA (breathing apparatus) exercise in one of the old buildings down in the old station area. The building was ‘smoked up’ (the smoke machine’s first outing for the week) and then our BA teams had to enter, dragging hose, and locate and rescue 2 ‘missing expeditioners’. Pleased to report, everyone was located and brought out!
Sadly, the weather has just put the scupper on us all completing our Quad sea ice training this week, although the first group managed to get out and complete on Tuesday. This training is required to familiarise everyone with sea ice travel conditions and involved a good circuit of the station Recreational area with a lunch stop at Bèchervaise Island, so a good opportunity to see more of the local surrounds.