On Tuesday 11th February, the Sixth Form Public Services classes attended a trip to RAF Odiham. We started out tour by visiting the RAF fire station. We were given a presentation of what they do on the base and how they do it. We were shown some of the equipment they use such as the thermal imaging camera to navigate through smoke-filled chambers.
Then we were taken through to the appliance bay where we were shown around the fire trucks to get a closer look at the equipment and the trucks themselves. After the fire service, we went over to the military police dogs where we were given a talk on their role on the base. Afterwards, we met four of the attack dogs that they used in Afghanistan. They were also used as patrol dogs around the base.
The next visit was to the maintenance hangers that work on the Chinooks. This is where we went inside the chinooks and had a look around them. They talked through some of the high-tech equipment that they use. After the chinooks, we went for lunch in the cafeteria where we enjoyed eating the food prepared by the service people on site. After lunch we went to the armoury section to see the weapons that the military use. We saw different types of guns and then held the weapons to see how they work.
This was a very enjoyable trip and we learnt about the many jobs and aspects on life in the RAF.