Slideshow: Mountain Rescue Aspen members complete helicopter training
Mountain Rescue Aspen (MRA) team members completed advanced hoist rescue training with the Colorado Air National Guard High Altitude Aviation Training School (HAATS). Six members of the MRA team were joined by six members from the Vail Mountain Rescue Group (VMRG) in and around Eagle. The MRA and VMRG team members trained with HAATS to become advanced hoist rescue technicians. MRA has use HAATS to perform hoist operations during past rescues but had previously been unable to train for this operation. The training consisted of three days of classroom and field training. Team members functioned as part of the Blackhawk Helicopter crew as the hoist rescuer going up and down on the winch cable. This training will increase the operational capacity and safety when using the HAATS helicopters. The HAATS helicopters with hoist rescuers will be available state-wide through mutual aid agreements.
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