On Thursday 14th September, the Station held its annual Total Safety Day, bringing together units across the Station to highlight and promote safety to the Whole Force.
The 'Total Safety Day' was an opportunity for Station personnel to see how RAF Brize Norton operates safely in many differing areas, including air, road, fuel, and fire safety.
Airborne Engineering Squadron displayed a selection of the parachutes they maintain and the Joint Air Delivery Test and Evaluation Unit gave awareness into their recent activities. It was also an opportunity to invite guest speakers to give insights on subjects outside of the RAF Brize Norton sphere.
Wing Commander Sparky Dunlop gave an extremely engaging presentation on why we, ‘do safety’, and how it affects us every day.
In the afternoon, Professor Sir Martin Landray presented, ‘100 days to find solutions in a crisis’, the story of his team’s work in safely bringing the world's first treatment for COVID-19 online, a treatment that saved millions of lives.
The day was also an opportunity for the Station Commander, Group Captain Clare O’Grady, and Commander Air Wing, Group Captain Gareth Burdett, to present Air Safety Awards, in recognition of Station personnel for their diligence and commitment to ensuring we deliver together safely.
Event lead, Station Flight Safety Officer Flight Lieutenant Arron Evans, said:
“Safety is something that we do instinctively every day, but due to the nature of the business we are in and the size and complexity of the Station, we can be exposed to situations that require us to be especially mindful of the safety of ourselves, and those around us. The Total Safety Day gives us a reminder of the work going on around Station to maintain safety and lets us see what challenges other sections face.
“Air Safety and Functional Safety are not mutually exclusive, we must work together constantly to make sure we share best practice, maintaining risk As Low As Reasonably Practicable (ALARP). The Total Safety Day is there to get people talking and keep improving the Safety Management System at RAF Brize Norton.”
Flight Lieutenant Arron Evans
Station Flight Safety Officer
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