20-Sep-2016 Source: HeliHub.com
Jandakot WA Police Air Wing base recently installed its first winch simulator. The simulator, which cost $250 000, enables the force to practice their drills without having to use one of the two helicopters the base has. This also ensures more front-line patrols can be done as the helicopters are now available, reports Perth Now.
Practicing drills such as fast roping, where they have to deploy officers when landing is not possible, and dropping supplies were once subject to the weather during winter months. Such training is essential for officers as winching is a very dangerous duty during an emergency, not only for the team but for the person being rescued as well. Now the base is able to practice these situations anytime of the day.