Fire Operators Seek Voice on Safety, Ops

By James T. McKenna | February 21, 2007
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Operators of firefighting helicopters in the United States are seeking to develop a collective voice on safety and operational matters. A group of operators plans to come together at FlightSafety International’s 2007 Helicopter Safety Forum to discuss how to best achieve that goal. The event, co-hosted by Rotor & Wing magazine, is slated for April 12–13 at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (see www.rotorsafety.com). “We’re reaching out to other operators to keep tabs on what is current with us and who is doing what,” said Deputy District Chief Harry Vergis of the Chicago Fire Dept. Air Sea Rescue Unit. “A lot of progress can be made by keeping lines of communications open.” Vergis has been working informally with counterparts in the Miami-Dade and Los Angeles County fire departments to exchange information on operations, techniques, and concerns. That grew out of their common use of the Bell 412. “We’re trying to extend that nationally,” Vergis said.    For related news


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