Several months ago, two airborne fire medic crews were organized and began training at Fort Bragg, North Carolina to provide rescue service to occupants of crashed aircraft.
Rescue team scrambles after receiving crash notification
The rescue specialist and aid man don their fire-fighting suits as the crew prepares the helicopter for take off
Take off and in flight to crash site
Two men rappel into fire as fire suppression kit clears path through the flames
Close up of helicopter spraying the fire as team goes after the occupants.
Team removes occupant (dummy) from burning aircraft (mock-up) to safety
NOTE TO EDITORS: This story was filmed during a training mission on January 19, 1972 at Fort Bragg, North Carolina
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Background: Several months ago, two airborne fire medic crews were organized and began training at Fort Bragg, North Carolina to provide rescue service to occupants of crashed aircraft. The team, using a UH-1 helicopter equipped with a fire suppression kit, is made up of two pilots, a crash rescue specialist, an air ambulance aid man and a crew chief.
Upon arrival at the crash site, the rescue specialist and aid man rappel from the hovering aircraft as the pilot cuts a path through the blaze with fire suppression kit. The system is not designed to put out the fire, but to cut a path through the fire and hold it long enough to allow the team to reach the burning aircraft and rescue the occupants.
As shown in this training exercise, the team on stand-by is expected to be airborne within two minutes of receiving a crash notification. During the training mission a mock aircraft and dummy were used.
The unit recently completed training and became operational at Simmons Army Airfield, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.