Monday, January 5, 2015

Army tests safer hoist rescue

FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- Scientists and engineers at the U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory at Fort Rucker recently tested a device that may make hoist rescues less risky. The Enroute Care and Airworthiness Division, using an HH-60M, Army medic, rescue basket and crach dummy, tested an anti-rotational device designed to reduce the potential for an uncontrolled spin of a stretcher being lifted to the helicopter. After data collection and analyses, a decision is to be made to verify whether the anti-rotational device allows for a safer and more efficient hoist mission. (Source: U.S. Army, 12/18/14)