'Cool outdoor classroom' is the quote from Mic, Casey’s Senior Field Training Officer, when we look at the photos taken during this week’s Search and Rescue SAR Training. Conducted near Wilkes on the Clark Peninsula just 8km to the east of Casey; cool it was. The weather was not particularly conducive to a day out, but then training to the environment we might be operating in should a real SAR occur, although unpleasant, is a good idea. And cool too was the view as a meso-low (for which Casey is well know) formed out off the coast and slowly moved towards station
As our summer team are well and truly finishing their time here, the winter team is ramping up the training and preparing for the upcoming Red Shed (Living Quarters) refurbishment which is to occur over the next eight months. Nick, our wintering project Building Services Supervisor, has now arrived on station and with barely a moment to unpack he’s already got scaffolding up in the wallow and decorative fixtures taken down. It suspiciously looks like the wintering team will be living in a construction site through winter. And so, the balancing act between maintaining a homely liveable space while facilitating Nick’s enthusiastic project focused activities has commenced. Stay tuned to see how that will play out through the next eight months as the air transit accommodation space is turned into a bar and the atrium gets closed in, and the current bar pulled down to create more messing and recreational space to support the influx of expeditioners now received at Casey each summer.
For those departing, the packing continues, reports are written and they prepare for yet more farewells. Two more flights are scheduled for the summer, a final flight of cargo for those last minute essential items and then a flight to take out the last remaining 36 summerers. And then we will be 26.
By Rebecca Jeffcoat (SL Casey)