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Vital Addition to Rescue Fleet

A safety boat has been added to our range of search and rescue vessels within the Philips Search & Rescue Trust. Gifted from Device Technologies, the IRB will be used across all our helicopter bases providing assistance whenever one of the rescue helicopter teams are conducting wet and vessel hoist training operations.  Operated by qualified rescue swimmers, during training the boat will be on the water in close proximity to the aircraft.

“We are grateful to Device Technologies for funding the boat”, said PSRT Crew Trainer, Simon Barton.  “In the past we relied on other organisations to provide a boat for training sessions and now having our own negates that need.  It’s a fantastic addition to crew training.”
The safety boat is named in the memory of Device Technologies employee, 29-year-old Ladislav Svarc, who drowned during a kayak expedition in July. The boat will be outfitted with full radio communications and appropriate safety equipment.  The stringent and continuous training and development of crew ensures the skilled teams are always in premium condition for search and rescue operations.

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