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  Helicopter Safety for Helicopter Safety for SAR OperationsSAR Operations  Helicopter Rescue Checklist, Before you CallHelicopter Rescue Checklist, Before you Call Before you consider using a helicopter for a rescue: Before you consider using a helicopter for a rescue: ãã Have we crossHave we cross--trained with this helicopter? Does it have the trained with this helicopter? Does it have the equipment and training to meet the task we are asking of it?equipment and training to meet the task we are asking of it? ãã Do we have good communications with the helicopter crew?Do we have good communications with the helicopter crew? ãã Do I have a good landing zone, a designated landing zone Do I have a good landing zone, a designated landing zone coordinator and safety officer? Are we prepared at the scene to coordinator and safety officer? Are we prepared at the scene to rescue the crew in the event of a crash?rescue the crew in the event of a crash? ãã Is the weather adequate or is it deteriorating? (Minimums en route Is the weather adequate or is it deteriorating? (Minimums en route and at the scene are 1/2 mile horizontal and a 500 foot ceiling.)and at the scene are 1/2 mile horizontal and a 500 foot ceiling.) ãã Is there a safer way for the rescue to be effected on the ground?Is there a safer way for the rescue to be effected on the ground? ãã Is this a rescue or body recovery?Is this a rescue or body recovery? ãã  Am I doing this to keep ground rescuers from having to exert  Am I doing this to keep ground rescuers from having to exert themselves?themselves? ãã Is the patient stable or deteriorating?Is the patient stable or deteriorating? ãã Is this call being driven by an increasing sense of urgency?Is this call being driven by an increasing sense of urgency?  Choosing a Landing Zone (LZ)Choosing a Landing Zone (LZ) ãã Try to select an LZ that is adjacent to the scene to avoid the need for Try to select an LZ that is adjacent to the scene to avoid the need for ground transport that could prolong a patient’s preground transport that could prolong a patient’s pre --hospital time. hospital time. ãã Select a landing zone that will allow for an angled approach from at least Select a landing zone that will allow for an angled approach from at least one direction. This approach and departure path should be clear of towers, one direction. This approach and departure path should be clear of towers, poles, wires, trees, signs, and other obstructions. poles, wires, trees, signs, and other obstructions.  Touchdown Area (LZ)Touchdown Area (LZ) ãã Select a touchdown area that is as Select a touchdown area that is as flat as possible. The slope should flat as possible. The slope should not be more than ten (10) degrees. not be more than ten (10) degrees. ãã Ensure the touchdown surface is Ensure the touchdown surface is firm. Parking lots, roads, sport firm. Parking lots, roads, sport fields, and other locations are most fields, and other locations are most desirable. desirable. ãã The size of the landing zone during The size of the landing zone during the day should be 75’X75’. The size the day should be 75’X75’. The size of the landing zone during the night of the landing zone during the night should be 100’X100’.should be 100’X100’.  – – The pilot has the final The pilot has the final say on the selection of say on the selection of the LZ.the LZ. ãã Ensure the touchdown area is free Ensure the touchdown area is free of debris and obstructions. Wet the of debris and obstructions. Wet the LZ if it is dusty or has loose gravel. LZ if it is dusty or has loose gravel. ãã Keep spectators and vehicles away Keep spectators and vehicles away from the landing zone. from the landing zone.
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