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Surrey nurse learns survival skills with RAF in Norway

RAF reservist nurse Eleanor Richards learns avalanche survival skills and how to evade capture from enemies

Avalanche survival skills and cold weather injury prevention were the focus for intrepid RAF reservist nurse Eleanor Richards during a military training course in Norway.

Eleanor Richards

Her day job is as a staff nurse in the intensive care unit at Royal Surrey County Hospital, but Ms Richards completed the Exercise Wintermarch course as part of her role at RAF Northolt, 600 (City of London) Squadron.

She said: ‘It was an excellent opportunity to work with the Norwegian military, but also to push myself and try something new, which is what I joined the RAF reserves to do.’

Ms Richards has previously been on a two-week training course in in Cyprus where she learned survival skills, how to evade capture, and the code of conduct to follow in the event of falling into enemy hands.

She added: ‘The RAF has helped me develop my leadership abilities and offered courses and training that are sometimes not available in my civilian job.’

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