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Northern NSW : Summer 2013-14
Westpac Rescue Helicopter Ser vice Operated by the Hunter Region SLSA Helicopter Rescue Ser vice Ltd. ABN: 40 002 862 026 The Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service produces this newsletter Rescue as a community service to keep the community, sponsors and support groups and all interested people informed about activities within the Service. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained in this newsletter is correct at the time of publication. Contributions from interested people are always welcome and should be submitted to the Editor at the address above. firstname.lastname@example.org www.rescuehelicopter.com.au www.facebook.com/rescuehelicopter.official @WRHS_official New England - North West 50 Basil Brown Drive Tel: 6764 9400 Westdale NSW 2340 Fax: 6764 9411 PO Box 6187 Freecall: 1800 155 155 Westdale NSW 2340 Hunter / Mid North Coast Bavin Road Tel: 4952 0000 District Park Fax: 4952 0055 Broadmeadow NSW 2292 Freecall: 1800 155 155 PO Box 230 New Lambton NSW 2305 Central Coast Level 1 Fountain Plaza Tel: 4363 9746 148-158 The Entrance Road Fax: 4365 0231 Erina NSW 2250 Freecall: 1800 155 155 PO Box 3677 Erina NSW 2250 Setting higher standards Crew Training Requirements for Aircrew Helicopter Underwater Escape Training Physical Training The Westpac Helicopter Rescue Ser vice’s aircraft are operated by a crew of three: a Pilot, an Air Crewman and a Rescue Crewman. The Pilot has overall command of the aircraft. The Air Crewman assists the pilot with cockpit duties, communicates with Emergency Services and is the Hoist Operator for Search and Rescue Operations (SAR). During hoisting operations the Rescue Crewman goes “down the wire” to retrieve the patient or person being rescued. • Current Class 1 drivers license • Be over 18yrs of age at time of selection • Current Senior First Aid Cer tificate • Current Advanced Resuscitation Certificate • Current Flight Radiotelephone Operators License • Hoist endorsement in accordance with C.A .O. 29:11 • Minimum 500hrs aircrew experience Every year the pilots of the Westpac Helicopter Rescue Ser vice are put into a two seater metal cage, then submerged into Charlestown pool, to simulate the helicopter crashing into dangerous waters. The pilots participating in the mandator y HUET are trained in proper safety management procedures, including brace positions and orientation. Orientation is a major hazard for pilots and their crew. When the crew is submerged it is hard for them to gain any sense of direction. Twice a year, the air crew must pass a physical fitness test. This test includes a 600 metre freestyle swim non-stop in 14mins, a 1km walk with a 15kg back pack up and down a steep incline, 20 sit-ups in 45 secs and 20 push-ups in 45 secs.
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