Rescue training session held on International Firefighters Day

The Netcare 911 aviation rescue team and ambulance emergency care students embarked on a training session at 15 Squadron in Durban, recently. The day started with the Netcare rescue officer, Mr Konrad Jones giving the students a safety briefing around the helicopter. He also gave them a lecture and demonstration on the use of the hoist and safety aspects when doing a rescue.

Once this was done, the students were airlifted in the Augusta 109 helicopter to the Blockhouse on the mountains, overlooking the sea behind the refinery.  The helicopter hovered over the concrete block and hoisted the students down on a strop. With a senior instructor on the ground, the rescue officer and engineer in the helicopter with a very skilled pilot made sure that the students were kept safe at all times.

Media liaison officer, Chris Botha said, “The rescue response team left us while we were training the students and went for a confined space rescue exercise on board an Oryx helicopter. Once finished with the separate exercises, we got together at the old airport for further training. Using the stokes basket, a patient was strapped in securely and with the medic secured to the hoist, the engineer hoisted them both up to the side of the helicopter. A simulation was then done by flying the patient and medic strapped to the side of the helicopter to a safe zone. They then landed and handed the patient over to another medical team.”

In this exercise, there was a female student from Alberlito and two firefighters from the Gillets Fire Station. In addition, this also corresponded with International Fire Fighters Day making it a very special day for the team.

Elaine Naidoo
Digital Editor

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