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Ready for winter

28 Sep 2018, 08:33 UTC
Ready for winter
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Rescue from the Sismo caveCredits: ESA/IPEV/PNRA–C. Possnig
Dr. Carmen Possnig is the ESA-sponsored medical doctor spending 12 months at Concordia research station in Antarctica. She facilitates a number of experiments on the effects of isolation, light deprivation, and extreme temperatures on the human body and mind. In the following post, Carmen discusses safety and life in Antarctica.
Summer is also time to get familiar with all our safety equipment. Since we are left to ourselves during the winter, we have to be ready and trained for any kind of emergency at all times.
After I was solemnly appointed captain of our rescue team I started training my crew enthusiastically. At my side is an emergency doctor from Paris, who came for a few weeks to test the new equipment and improve our manoeuvres. Some of us in the rescue team are responsible for taking the injured person to the hospital, where the second part of the crew is already waiting to take care of him or her.
Rescue from the American TowerCredits: ESA/IPEV/PNRA–C. Possnig
I start with First Aid courses, which are surprisingly popular, even among the summer people. With the basic knowledge we have acquired, we can finally also ...

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