ASTM WK34207

    New Guide for Helicopter Land Operations Search and Rescue Technician

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    Developed by Subcommittee: F32.03 | Committee F32 | Contact Staff Manager


    1. Scope

    1.1 This guide establishes the minimum training standard for a helicopter search and rescue technician with focus on the general, field and search and rescue specific knowledge and skills needed to function within a helicopter in support of a land search and rescue operation. 1.2 This guide is focused on land operations including flooding events. This guide will not discuss events requiring search and rescue over water including but not limited to extended searches off-shore or over fixed bodies of water. 1.3 This guide is focused on persons functioning in helicopters only; no fixed-winged operations will be discussed. 1.4 General, field and search and rescue specific knowledge and skills related to land search and rescue are found in the referenced ASTM documents. The training discussed in this guide will supplement and enhance existing search and rescue training an individual has. 1.5 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

    The users are helicopter crew members performing search and rescue work. The standard is needed to ensure helicopter crew members performing search and rescue work are properly trained, equipped and prepared to operate in this rotary wing environment.


    Search and Rescue; SAR; incident; land; helicopter; crew member; technician

    The title and scope are in draft form and are under development within this ASTM Committee.

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    Work Item Status

    Date Initiated:

    Technical Contact:
    Stacey Burger


    COS (13-08)

    Ballot Item Approved as F2958-2014 and Pending Publication