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Croatian Mountain Rescue Service helicopter duty starts earliest in its history

Croatian Mountain Rescue Service helicopter duty starts earliest in its history

(Photo: HGSS)

The Croatian Mountain Rescue Service (HGSS) and the Croatian Air Force (HRZ) organised two helicopter exercises in Mosor: “This is the earliest start of duty in the history of helicopter rescue”

“The helicopter duty of the Croatian Mountain Rescue Service started on May 1 this year, the earliest since the service started performing helicopter actions. We do dozens of rescues and helicopter searches every year. Accordingly, these extremely important exercises were held in preparation for the upcoming summer season,” said Josip Granić, head of the HGSS.

Two helicopter exercises were held over the weekend on Mosor mountain, and gathered 40 rescue pilots from 12 stations – Split, Makarska, Orebic, Zadar, Rijeka, Delnice, Ogulin, Karlovac, Zagreb, Zlatar Bistrica, Koprivnica and Pozega.

Croatian Mountain Rescue Service helicopter duty starts earliest in its history

(Photo: HGSS)

These are regular annual exercises that renew the knowledge of rescue pilots, before which is the summer season in which the HGSS is constantly on duty at the Divulje air base.

“The helicopter duty of the Croatian Mountain Rescue Service has so far started on June 1, and this year we started the duty for the first time a month earlier. We realised that due to the continuous increase in the number of hikers, recreationists and tourists in non-urban areas, it is necessary to start the helicopter duty earlier, which will last until October 30.

Croatian Mountain Rescue Service helicopter duty starts earliest in its history

(Photo: HGSS)

These are additional teams on duty in Divulje. We want these additional teams to be able to react out of season, at any time of the year, so we will probably soon start with a year-round duty of this type. The members of the HGSS organised the exercises in cooperation with the 395th Squadron of Transport Helicopters of the Croatian Air Force, 93rd Wing, whose helicopter was used as part of the exercises. I must certainly point out the capabilities of helicopter crews, which are once again proving to be an extremely good partner in carrying out the tasks of the HGSS,” added Granić.

All safety measures and dangers when working with a helicopter as a resource used for rescuing people and property were repeated during the exercises.

Croatian Mountain Rescue Service helicopter duty starts earliest in its history

(Photo: HGSS)

“The exercises worked on a whole range of elements that are an integral part of helicopter rescue: they practiced jumping out of a hovering helicopter from a height of 2-3 meters, absail with a device for lowering the rope from a height of 20 meters, lowering the rescuer with a stretcher and medical equipment using an LPG 150 winch, lifting and boarding the casualty in a stretcher using an LPG 150 winch, lifting a lifeguard flyer using an LPG winch, lifting the casualty in a stretcher and two rescuers with a rope Fix line technique. Both days of the exercise were successful,”said Srđan Vrsalović, head of the HGSS helicopter rescue commission.

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