Safety First on the Ground and in the Air for Glencore Coal

8th, March, 2024

Glencore Coal is continuing its commitment to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service as Official Training Partner.

The support will see pilots across the Service access state-of- the-art training in Helicopter Underwater Escape Training (HUET) and GeoSim Flight Simulation.

In 2020 Glencore’s partnership saw the installation of a GeoSim flight simulator at the Service’s Belmont base, allowing pilots to train for all-weather conditions and scenarios.

“Glencore has been a long-term supporter of the Service’s training program, delivering on our commitment to bring world-class aeromedical services to the communities of Northern NSW. The support within the Hunter Valley and, in particular, the local mining sector is crucial,” Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service Head of Flight Operations Rob Fisher said.

In recognition of their support, Glencore’s logo is displayed on Hunter-based aircraft and the uniforms of the Head of Flight Operations and Checking and Training Pilots.

“Glencore and the Westpac Rescue Helicopter have a shared commitment to safety and training, both on and offsite,” Glencore Coal’s Social Performance Manager, Craig Strudwick said.

“Like our employees in the mining sector, the Westpac Rescue Helicopter pilots rely on advanced operational skills and a high level of training to do their jobs safely. Our partnership ensures that they have access to cutting edge training so they can provide the best possible service to our communities.

“Over and above our corporate partnership, our employees regularly donate to the Service as part of a workplace giving program,” Craig concluded.