Helicopter Safety

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

It is okay to run to or from the helicopter.

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

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

Any hard hat is okay when working with a helicopter.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

Last updated on October 18, 2017