Helicopter Landing - 3/2004
In addition to fighting fires, extracting people from wrecked vehicles, and doing fire prevention teaching, Ridge Fire Company also assists at Helicopter Landings. We provide security by keeping people and vehicles away. We provide markers to create a "heliport". If needed we also assist in getting the gurney on board the helicopter. We also have a fire truck standing by "just in case".
You will notice that the orange traffic cones are lying down flat on the ground, not standing up as used in traffic. This is for two reasons. First, the helicopter is coming DOWN from above and if the cone was standing upright there wouldn't be much to see from above. Second, while lying flat there is less chance of the cone being sucked up into the rotating wings, or being blown over.
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