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Members of Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue teamed up with their neighbouring Glen Of Immal MRT and the Search and Rescue Dogs Association for some intensive helicopter training with the Aer Corps on the excellent AW139 Heli last Sunday (30th March).
Some callouts can require teams to work with the Aer Corps so it’s vital that all members are familiar with the safety procedures involved. Training included class based lectures in the National Park HQ before the more fun stuff of the drills with the heli.
As the AW139 is a stretcher capable helicopter the teams would break into ‘sticks’ (groups of 6-7 that would approach or work with the heli at any one time) and practice dry runs loading the stretcher as well as safely getting seated inside and exiting the aircraft.
Once the ground training was complete members advanced to full flight drills during the day and then at night as you’d never know what time of day or night when teams could be doing this for real.
The session was well attended with 45 personnel and one search dog taking part! The team would like to thank the organizers Mountain Rescue Ireland but especially the Aer Corps for giving such valuable training. You could say it was the high point of the training calendar so far!