Kolkata, September 22
A complete of 53 Indian Air Force (IAF) personnel have utilised their 14-day quarantine interval in West Bengal’s Darjeeling to get educated in high-altitude survival strategies and rescue operations on the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI) within the hill city, an official of the institution mentioned on Tuesday.
HMI Principal, Group Captain Jai Kishan, mentioned the institute determined to make the quarantine time helpful for the air warriors, who got here in batches of 10-12 after their return from holidays, as simply remaining locked inside rooms may have prompted psychological stress to them amid the pandemic state of affairs.
“Social distancing norms were maintained throughout the training programme held recently inside the campus of the premier mountaineering institute run jointly by the Centre and the West Bengal government,” Group Captain Kishan instructed PTI from Darjeeling.
Personnel on the Air Force Station in West Bengal’s Kurseong, after their return from holidays, wanted to go for obligatory quarantine, however there was an absence of area on the institution owing to some coronavirus circumstances on the station.
The Air Force station commander then approached the HMI for a quarantine facility and the institute authorities agreed to the proposal.
The institute additionally chalked out some actions for the airmen to maintain them occupied throughout the quarantine interval, Group Captain Kishan, an HMI alumnus who had joined the IAF in 1996, mentioned.
“We used to start every morning with physical exercises and yoga. During the day, we used to conduct training on various survival techniques in the mountains,” he mentioned.
They have been additionally educated on survival ways at altitudes above 10,000 ft, mentioned the HMI principal, a recipient of the Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award — the best nationwide recognition for excellent achievements within the discipline of journey on land, sea and air.
“We decided to hold these activities to keep them safe and mentally healthy,” he mentioned.
“They have completed their quarantine and returned to the Air Force station in Kurseong,” he added. PTI