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Aviation rescue (a.k.a. Helicopter Rescue)

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Activity   Rescue for Emergency Workers
Description  Outcome: Use helicopters as a rescue tool
The learner completing this course successfully will be capable of using a helicopter as a means of executing a rescue. They will also be able to move safely in and around helicopters, be hoisted into and out of helicopters and hoist stretchered patients into helicopters.

This course is accredited by the University of Johannesburg in South Africa. It is a credit-bearing course that forms part of the University's B.Tech EMC.

Learners are required to be in possesion of High Angle II certification or equivalent rope rescue skills. If a learner cannot prove competence at High Angle II level we reserve the right to conduct a course-entry assessment.

Learners commencing this course are expected to be medically fit and not suffering from any condition which may be detrimental to safe work at height or general occupational health and safety, such as cardiac problems, epilepsy, severe athsma, spiinal or renal problems or a highly infectious disease.

Please note: Helicopter flight poses a markedly increased risk of triggering a siezure in people suffering from epilepsy because of the stroboscopic effect of sunlight through the turning rotors.

Learners are also expected to be moderately physically fit.

Course Content
  • Physics of helicopter flight
  • Helicopter controls
  • Safe movement in and around helicopters
  • Emplaning and deplaning in uneven terrain
  • Personnel hoisting
  • Stretcher hoisting
  • Communicating with helicopters
  • Emergency procedures

    Duration and numbers
    The recommended duration for this course is 3 days.

    The University of Jhb restricts numbers to 10 learners per course. The minimum is at least 6 learners per course. Additional learners are billed on a pro-rata basis of R 2,500 per learner.

    Training Location
    Training is conducted at the client's premises or as close to this as is possible. If not on the client's premises then the client is responsible for ensuring the relevant access permissions have been obtained. That is required is:
  • Classroom environment with a writing surface and chair per learner, electricity and a surface (board, wall, etc) for data projector.
  • A wilderness environment of at least 1,000 ha with rivers and steep ground.
  • Access to a shut-down rescue helicopter with hoist for 3 hours
  • Use of a rescue-capable (hoist equipped) helicopter for 3 hours.

    Learners will have to undergo an assessment of theory as well as demonstrate practical skills . The University of Johannesburg assessment is conducted by an external assessor (not the trainer).

    Note: Costs of the helicopter are NOT included in the course cost. The helicopter is to be arranged by the client organisation.

  • Type   Full time Course
    Cost  R 21,000.00 Per group of 6

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