With extensive experience in wildland firefighting, the ARS team of instructor pilots and crew will guide your organization through the basic and advanced components of helicopter based firefighting operations. This includes FAA 141 Rotorcraft External Load Operations Certification, precision long line skills, precision load delivery, fire bucket and “Heli-torch” operations as well, insertion/extraction of personnel and injured firefighters. Our mountain training facilities offer a “real world” environment to mastering these skills, but not required for this course offering.

Core content

  • CRM/Communications/Risk Management/Go-No-Go
  • Aerial firefighting fundamentals
  • Water bucket operation
  • Heli-torch ignition
  • Mixmaster and parking tender
  • Helicopter and pilot approved for Aerial ignition
  • DOT/FAA/USFS approved equipment

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