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Residents in Mullum would have been forgiven for thinking there was an emergency last Friday, as the Westpac helicopter circled overhead before landing in town.

Medical flyers Dr Keira Hazen and paramedic Ryan Salter were on hand to talk to students at Mullumbimby. Photo Tree Faerie.

On an occasion too exciting for words, the entire Mullumbimby Public School cohort were squeals of joy as crews from the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter Service and the Little Ripper Drone Patrol dropped-in for a visit during the morning.

The four person team including two flight crew and two medical personal, arrived at the school grounds in a helicopter after a ten minute flight from the base in Lismore.

Mullumbimby Public School was selected from more than 4,600 primary schools across Australia to learn about the importance of safety, and local emergency services, from the WLRHS crew.

The landings are rewarded to schools who have been actively engaged in the WLRHS Schools Program which has reached 1.84 million students. Aligned with the school curriculum, the program provides students with the chance to learn in an interactive way using lesson plans, educational videos, digital lessons and the Westpac Schools Program App, which also allows parents to engage in the program.

After an information session the children were able to get a closer look at the helicopter and ask about a million questions.

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