U skladu s planom aktivnosti Stanice HGSS Zagreb, u subotu 27.6.2015. održana je na području Velikog dola u Samoborskom gorju, vježba skijanja po travi, kao jedan od načina poboljšanja tehnike skijanja na teškim i strmim snježnim terenima, što je od važnosti za gorsko spašavanje.+ More details
This video includes flight demonstrations, interface with rescuers on the ground, and includes a display of two new helicopters, the EC135(T3) and the Bell 429, as well as a Soviet-era MI-8 operated by the Croatian Air Force. Commission President Pat Fauchere (Switzerland) begins with a summary of the work of the commission. Marin Lukas (Croatia) narrated the afternoon demonstration of the Bell 429 and MI 8. The aircraft demonstrated many of the same long-line techniques that were presented in the morning on the rock face. Various methods of transition between the mountain and the aircraft were shown, including the "load transfer" and "rope cut" methods. At the airport there was a Eurocopter EC135(T3) demonstration with interview of the pilot Diethelm Berndt (Germany) in the cockpit. The EC135 aircraft has become the standard for emergency and rescue services world-wide. The new T3 version has increased performance through the addition of longer blades and a new air intake. Finally, the Bell 429 aircraft was presented by the Air Zermatt pilot Robert Andenmatten (Switzerland). There was a special effort to bring both aircraft from Germany and Switzerland to demonstrate capabilities and work in conjunction with Croatian Mountain Rescue. The final credits section of the video includes footage from the water rescue demonstration carried out by rescuers from the HGSS, involving rescue divers and the MI-8 Helicopter crew. Special Note on the Soviet MI 8 Helicopter: During an official visit to the United States in September 1959 Nikita Khrushchev took a flight in the S-58 presidential helicopter for the first time and was reportedly extremely impressed. Upon Khrushchev's return he orders the creation of a similar helicopter and asked that it be ready in time for the return visit of the American president. Two months after the engines were completed the third prototype designated V-8A equipped with two engines, made its first flight piloted by Nikolei Ilyushin on 2 August 1962. The Soviet military originally showed little interest in the Mi-8 until the Bell UH-1's involvement in the Vietnam War became widely publicized as a great asset to the United States, allowing troops to move swiftly in and out of a battlefield and throughout the country. It was only then that the soviet military rushed a troop carrying variant of the Mil Mi-8 into production. It was introduced into the Soviet Air Force in 1967 as the Mi-8. The Croatian Air Force continues to fly these machines and they provide a highly effective rescue capability.+ More details
This first video in the series includes highlights of the outdoor demonstrations on the first day, including a display of innovative new equipment and techniques. First off, Terrestrial President Gebhard Barbisch (Austria) summarized the work of the Commission and its interaction with the Air Rescue Commission. Tom Wood, Alpine Mountain Rescue, (USA), then gives an introduction with outdoor events on the first day. Different tools and techniques used by rescuers when attempting to rescue a stranded climber were demonstrated. Featured rescuers: Theo Mauer, Chief Instructor, (Swiss Mountain Rescue), and Bruno Jelk, Rescue Chief, (Zermatt Mountain Rescue). Bryan Webster, Rescue Specialist, (Banff National Park Canada), made a demonstration of a release technique used in long-line helicopter evacuation from a rock face. The critical moment comes when the subject is briefly attached both to the helicopter and the mountain. The rescuer uses a standard climbing rope and a releasable "Munter" hitch to transfer the load from the rock face to the helicopter. Some Innovative New and Innovative Items Demonstrated: Herbert Streibel, (Bavarian Mountain Rescue, Germany), Displayed the new Tyromont Rescue Bag and Pneuspine Inflatable Litter. The demonstration included Guardia De Finanza, (Italy), operating the Rescue Bag and the new backboard combination. The new system is designed to operate in all environments including, helicopter, ground, snow and deep cave extractions. Colonel Blaise Agresti, PGHM, (France), "Le Lezard", Petzl prototype release device preview, (The Lizard). The new device is designed to assist in emergency long-line helicopter evacuations when the subject and rescuer are briefly attached both to the helicopter and the mountain. The prototype is still in the testing stage, and is not currently available for purchase. Thomas Griesback, Bergwacht, Rescue Truck (Bergwacht Bayern, Germany). He described the trucks and integrated equipment used by Bavarian Mountain Rescue and the value to the public. This includes the testing of unmanned small aircraft to assist in search and rescue.+ More details
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