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Fire Services
Basic Course

The basic course in handling a helicopter is regarded as an introduction to the tasks of firefighters during a firefighting operation with a helicopter.

For more than ten years now, Air Zermatt has been offering basic courses to firefighters on how to work with helicopters. Well over 500 members of fire departments from all over Switzerland and its neighboring countries have benefited from these courses.

The course instructors are trained flight assistants, employees and instructors of fire departments. They expertly guide course participants through all the program's components.

The course is designed to teach participants how to work with helicopters in the context of the activities of a fire department.

Course objectives

  • Knowledge of safety regulations
  • Ability to correctly guide a helicopter
  • Awareness of the requirements for attaching underloads
  • Ability to be transported safely as passengers with HEC (long line) in difficult terrain
  • Self-protection is a basic principle of fire services and is taught and put into practice here by the instructors

Content

Theory:

  • Introduction and organization on site
  • Opportunities and limitations of using helicopters

Workshop at the heliport:

  • Basic knowledge of helicopters
  • Practice activity on embarking and disembarking while hovering
  • Transporting materials, underload flights, loading of motorized fire pumps
  • Rescue helicopter equipment, HEC (long line) material

Practical component in the field:

  • Guiding the helicopter for landings in confined areas
  • Embarking and disembarking while hovering in difficult terrain
  • Communicating with the pilots using hand signals
  • Suspension with HEC (long line)

Return flight and final briefing at the heliport.

Course information

Location: Heliport Zermatt
Size: Max. 12 people per course
Course dates: June 11, 2021 / June 12, 2021 / June 25, 2021 / July 2, 2021 
Duration: 1 day
Course program:
  • 08:00 Arrival at the Heliport Zermatt
  • 08:15 Theory: Introduction and organization on site, opportunities and limitations of using helicopters
  • 09:30 Workshop heliport: Basic knowledge of helicopters, practice activity on embarking and disembarking while hovering, transporting materials, underload flights, loading of motorized fire pumps, rescue helicopter equipment, HEC (long line) material
  • 11:30 Practical component: Transfer in the field
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 13:00 Practical component in the field: Guiding the helicopter for landings in confined areas, embarking and disembarking while hovering in difficult terrain, communicating with the pilots using hand signals, suspension with HEC (long line)
  • 15:30 Return flight and final briefing at the heliport
  • 16:00 Final discussion and awarding of course certificate
Target group: Firefighters
Requirements: Active service as a fireman/-woman in a fire brigade in Switzerland
Continuing education opportunities: Continuing Education Course I and Continuing Education Course II
Course price: CHF 600 per person (including lunch)
Language of instruction: German

 

Downoad the flyer of the course here (currently only available in German).

If you have any questions or wish to register by phone, please contact us on +41 27 570 70 70 or by e-mail at training@air-zermatt.ch.

 

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