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TRAINING FEATURE


And Helicopter Based Rescue Training


Law Enforcement AFTER THE COWARDLY ATTACK ON THE UNITED STATES ON SEPTEMBER 11,


2001, LAW ENFORCEMENTS ROLES HAVE CHANGED DRAMATICALLY. WITH THE ADVENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY GRANTS AND OTHER SPECIAL REQUIRE- MENTS, MORE LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES ARE NOW TASKING THEIR AIRCREWS TO PERFORM SAR DUTIES AS WELL.


BY GREG SANDERSON


After the cowardly attack on the United States on September 11, 2001, law enforcements roles have changed dramatically. With the advent of Homeland Security grants and other special requirements, more law enforce- ment agencies are now tasking their air- crews to perform SAR duties as well. In addition to patrol, eradication, and special operation duties, depart- ments are now seeking training on hoist, short haul, and firefighting operations. Each one of these disciplines in itself require an extras ordinary amount of training and re-currency to produce safe and effective outcomes during these low


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frequency, high risk operations. TRAINING


In most public agencies you will find an assortment of prior military pilots and aircrew members with some hoist and or maybe fast rope experience. In reality if you are going to get involved in this type of program you will need spe- cialized training from a reputable expe- rienced organization. In the long run this will increase operational effective- ness and surely reduce liability issues. When looking for training from outside your organization there are cer-


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