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Northern NSW : Rescue Spring 2016
Aircrew and medical teams flying in helicopters over water are required to have a sound understanding of emergency ditching procedures and the difficulties associated with making a safe exit from a ditched aircraft. The Service’s Helicopter Underwater Escape training (HUET) and Emergency Breathing System (EBS) course is designed to improve the chance of an individual surviving a helicopter accident at sea and covers pre-flight preparation, correct use of safety equipment and appropriate helicopter safety techniques. The simulator used is affectionately called the ‘Dunker’. Personnel are secured into seats with the doors closed before the cage is then rolled over into the pool. Trainees must adopt the brace position and, using the correct technique, release their seat belt and escape the cabin to the surface. The advanced stage of this procedure is carried out using blackout goggles and an EBS. Crew and medical teams going through their water safety drills Water safety training 18 Rescue Magazine SPRING 2016
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