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Control measure

Aerial resources: Helicopters for search and rescue

TRAINING SPECIFICATION

Knowledge and understanding

Control measure element Learning outcome

Aerial resources: Helicopters for search and rescue

Understand:

  • The features and benefits of using helicopters
  • The sources for the supply of helicopters, and their capabilities
  • The need to brief and communicate with the helicopter pilot or aircrew
  • How to best use the information gained from the use of drones

Search and rescue helicopters

Understand:

  • How helicopters are mobilised by the Coastguard’s Aeronautical Rescue Coordination Centre (ARCC)

Police helicopters

Understand:

  • How the police air support units mobilise helicopters

Practical application

Control measure element Learning outcome

Consider requesting helicopter resources to assist with a search or rescue incident

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Request helicopter resources if they may be beneficial to the search or rescue

Ensure personnel understand the hazards of working in the vicinity of helicopters, especially if they need to land

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Ensure personnel understand the potential impact of helicopter assistance on the incident ground

Use the information gathered through the use of helicopters when planning and to improve understanding of the situation for operational and fire control personnel

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Appropriately use the information gathered by using helicopter resources

Establish and maintain communications with the helicopter pilot or aircrew

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Ensure communication with the helicopter is supported

Brief the helicopter pilot or aircrew of the required task and objectives, and details of hazards identified

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Provide the pilot or aircrew with sufficient information for safe and effective deployment of the helicopter

Ensure personnel are available, ready and in the correct location to respond to information gathered by the helicopter

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Ensure the information gathered is supported by having personnel correctly deployed