Tuesday 21 March 2006
Bringing a helicopter in to the landing site using smoke
Helicopter approaches into the wind
Briefing on the ground
Preparing the two halves of the bell stretcher for taking on board
Safe approach to the helicopter from the pilots 12.00 to 2.00 o'clock position
Stretcher halves safely secured at the rear of the cabin
Safe as houses ....!!
Great Gable form the air looking towards Great Hellgate
Looking across to Gable - this is what the fells look like from the air
More snow on the northern slopes of Broad Crag in the background and Great End on the left
Exercise casualty secure in the casualty bag and placed on the stretcher ready for winching once all the straps have been tied
When using the thinner, equal length stretcher straps the casualty is not quite in the horizontal position (see above) - the heavy duty helicopter straps avoid this and make for a more comfortable ride.
Winching in pairs - chose a team mate who is roughly the same height as you and stand together - otherwise it becomes conker time when you leave the ground.
Do not try and climb in, just hang there and let the Winchman pull you in backwards
Winching as a single lift (yes it is as uncomfortable as it looks)
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