Canadian army trains to put out burning helicopters – Halifax

James Busch stands on top of a hill and overlooks new trainees taking a firefighting course. Below, Navy sailors have a daunting task ahead of them: putting out a burning helicopter.

The helicopter is a Sikorsky CH-148 Cyclone, but it is not a real helicopter.

The almost exact replica of the helicopter, used for the training exercise, is equipped with a steel frame and metal seats. The size, shape and doors are the same as those used by the military.

The metal frame is doused with propane and then ignited. Surrounding the helicopter are a realistic helicopter platform and ship hull doors representing a ship.

The burns are done at night to simulate when the helicopter usually flies.

Many sailors will use this training for future stints on military ships.

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One of the sailors is Dalton Tucker.

“In 2020, I had the privilege of being part of the HMCS Fredericton deployment,” he said in an interview with PKBNEWS. “There have been a few negative events during this deployment, so it’s good to get some training in case something happens. »

Tucker spent the evening helping pull the giant pipe for the intern in front of him. His goal is to progress to sector command, which leads the team.

Many of those undergoing training were once on military ships.

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After being aboard HMCS Fredericton, he said the simulation was as realistic as possible.

“The risk is 10 times greater,” said Senior Instructor Petty Officer 1st Cla*s James Busch. “If you have no training, you have no chance of knowing what to do in a situation, and you would have no choice but to abandon the helicopter in the ocean.

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Within minutes, the crew destroyed the staged inferno. The crew calls on firefighters with watering hoses on each side. A group is also monitoring the scene from a nearby tower.

Teams will spend weeks at the facility just outside of Halifax to complete training. It also includes daytime training and other emergency simulations.

“We can configure it for different scenarios,” Busch said. “We can set fire to different areas, we can add smoke, we can add casualties; this allows our students to adapt to different scenarios so they can adapt in the field (and hone) their sk**ls.

Busch said he hopes this training could save a life.

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