Helicopter Safety

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Flat level ground in a wide valley or gentle sloping ridge tops make the best landing zones.

The team leader is in charge of making the initial contact with a helicopter crew.

All helicopters require about the same size of a landing zone.

Keep all items low and secure as you approach or exit a helicopter.

Loose items, such as sleeping bags, jackets, hats, etc. shall be secured when working in and around hovering helicopters.

Any hard hat is okay when working with a helicopter.

It’s okay to approach a working helicopter from any angle as long as you stay clear of the tail rotor.

You can exit a helicopter as soon as the skids or wheels touch the ground.

In addition to a hard hat, a long sleeved shirt and safety glasses are the only other Personnel Protective Equipment required for working safely around helicopters.

Anyone can approach a helicopter when its main rotor is turning.

It is okay to run to or from the helicopter.

A landing zone should be cleared of all obstacles higher than one foot.

The pilot is always in charge, but search teams usually work with a Crew Chief.

Last updated on November 15, 2019