Members of the Alberni Valley Rescue Squad were at the AV Regional Airport on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020 to practice helicopter hover exits.
Ascent Helicopters from Parksville flew a chopper to Port Alberni and AVRS volunteers learned in the infield how to get into and exit a helicopter as it hovers above ground.
“In difficult terrain where it is not always possible to fully land a helicopter, hover exits can ensure a team is placed safely on the ground to assist a lost or injured subject,” an AVRS spokesperson wrote on the group’s Facebook page.
“Technical rescues like these are a growing part of search and rescue operations in our area and we work to maintain the highest levels of training possible for our courageous members.”
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