Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Crew Has Missions Down to a Fine Art

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Crew Has Missions Down to a Fine Art

Article excerpt

MINUTES, even seconds, can be vital in the daily emergency rescue and aero medical operations of the AGL Action Rescue Helicopter service.

Getting out on a mission quickly a with all the safety checks done and the proper gear loaded on the helicopter a may be a matter of life or death.

At the start of each shift the duty crew a pilot, aircrew officer and flight paramedic a conduct a thorough check of the aircraft and any equipment that could be required in a variety of situations.

Once these checks are complete, a crew briefing is held to assess the weather and any operational issues.

At this stage the aircraft is ready for tasking and can be airborne in less than 10 minutes.

Once a call comes in from the Queensland Co-ordination Centre, all available location and patient details are taken, a flight plan is prepared, weather is reassessed, maps are studied for possible landing areas, and any final changes are made to the aircraft configuration. …

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