Water Bucket Tactics


The ARS Helicopter Water Bucket Tactics for Firefighting Operations course is a detailed, safety-oriented training in support of Initial and Intermediate Helicopter Water Bucket Tactics to support firefighting operations. The 5-day course includes critical didactic learning in a classroom combined with hands on skills training and live flight operations.

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More about this Course

Class Size:

  • Three Pilot teams (total 6)
  • Three Crew Chief/Hoist Operators (total 3)
  • Six to eight Ground Support Specialists/Firefighters
  • MAX of 17 students

5 Days.

We come to you. We plan to use your helicopter for training with you so you practice with what you will use in actual missions.

Training includes the use of all agency-owned equipment for helicopter-based firefighting operations. PPE (flight helmet, flight suit, gloves and communications systems) not included.  

Upon Completion:
At the conclusion of each training provided, the individual student and team as a whole are set to perform at unparalleled levels of precision, risk managed, helicopter hoist operations in water including essential elements of rescue swimmer deployment and recovery, and transfer of survivor to next level of care.

Static Skills
Flight Operations

Interested in a refresher course?

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Enhance your team's readiness with our comprehensive
Water Bucket Tactics
Refresher Course
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