Hover-exit training on Wednesday in Qualicum Beach

The training exercise for firefighters will start at 2:30 p.m. at the Qualicum Beach Airport

  • May. 17, 2016 12:00 p.m.

Crew members from the B.C. Wildfire Service will conduct a hover-exit exercise in Qualicum Beach on Wednesday as part of their training for the 2016 firefighting season, the Wildfire Service announced Friday.

The exercise, scheduled for 2:30 p.m. at Qualicum Beach Airport, will involve members performing exits and entries of a helicopter as it hovers above the ground.

The training is to prepare firefighters for safely leaving a helicopter when it is unable to touch down due to rocky or uneven terrain.

Prior to the airborne exercise, the firefighters will practise the same manoeuvers, beginning at 1:30 p.m., while the chopper is on the ground, using the same airborne protocols.

All times are approximate, the B.C. Wildfire Service said.

—Submitted by B.C. Wildfire Service