A LEADING survival training firm has dived in to help a local out of school club raise vital funds for new toys and equipment.
Falck Safety Services (Falck), which has 32 training centres across the world, including two UK centres in Aberdeen and Teesside, supported the Inverurie Out of School Club as they took part in a sponsored HUET (helicopter underwater escape training), managing to raise more than £1,000 for the club.
Staff and parents took part in the challenge at Falck’s helicopter simulator facilities in Dyce, Aberdeen, which included two escape runs in the helicopter, one fully submerged and one with an upside down rotation.
The group of seven also completed some sea survival, practising to get in and out of a raft, jumping off the edge of the pool and some life saving.
Falck, which was first launched in Teesside in 1994, and five years later in Aberdeen, has strong expertise servicing the global oil and gas, shipping, renewable energy, military and aviation industries.
The firm delivers realistic training in a safe and controlled environment for over 250,000 people each year, using state-of-the-art equipment and simulators.
Inverurie Out of School Club manager, Rhona Grimbley, said: “The club was in need of some new resources, so we thought it would be a good time to organise a fundraising event.
“When we heard about the sponsored HUET, we thought it would be the perfect challenge for us, as it is something we had never done before and it’s so relevant to Aberdeen.
“We had two employees and five parents taking part and even though it was nerve-racking at the time, it proved to be a great way to raise money.
“We all thoroughly enjoyed it, and we are thrilled that we managed to raise £1290 for the club.”
Marketing and communications executive at Falck, Sammy Murray, said: “We are delighted that we could assist the club with their recent fundraising efforts.
“Everyone in the group showed great courage, as it can be a little daunting to begin but our expert trainers were on hand to help and give reassurance throughout, and they all managed to successfully complete the dunk.”
Falck Safety Services, which provides clients with innovative and cost effective safety training and consultancy solutions for the offshore industry, is continuing to grow in the UK working in a number of sectors to deliver various safety services including, survival training, work place safety, general industrial, petrochemical, public service and health care.
The firm has the ability to provide more than 200 health and safety and survival courses.
For more information about Falck Safety Services, please visit, www.falcksafety.com/uk.
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