Drill of the Week: Helicopter Operations

By Forest Reeder

Most fire departments and EMS agencies have standard procedures for operating at incidents that require the use of a helicopter for ems transportation. Other uses of helicopters in fire department operations include wildland fire suppression operations, search and rescue operations, spotter duties, and various other recon assignments.

Using EMS transportation as the focus for this session, review your local procedures for landing zone operations. Consult the air transportation provider for your areas procedures when conducting this training session.

Download this week’s firefighter training drill as a PDF HERE.

Forest Reeder began his fire service career in 1979. He currently serves as Battalion Chief / Director of Training & Safety with the Pleasantview (IL) Fire Protection District (www.plvw.org) and is the Director of Training for Southwest United Fire Districts (www.sufd.org). In these capacities, he is responsible for the design, implementation and coordination of in-service training activities as well as a full-service fire training academy program. Forest holds numerous Illinois fire service certifications and holds a Masters Degree in Public Safety Administration from Lewis University.

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