USCG Air Station San Francisco helicopter operations with Station Tahoe

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

USCG Air Station San Francisco helicopter trains with Auxiliarists at Station Tahoe.  USCG photo.

There are some things we in the USCG Auxiliary like to say; one of them is that we are truly a part of Team Coast Guard.

By Auxiliarist Jack Leth – Sierra Division Operations Officer

Members from the USCG Auxiliary had an opportunity to participate in training with the officers and enlisted men and women of the United States Coast Guard.

A helicopter from Air Station San Francisco flew up to USCG Station Lake Tahoe to conduct training and landed in the playing fields behind the station.

The training primarily focused on what the Auxiliary members should know if one of the USCG helicopters crashed near our vessels. The training was done in two sections (one for the station’s active duty personnel and the other for the Auxiliary).

Lt. Ian Culver, the helicopter pilot, explained all the survival gear on his vest. A lot of it has to do with getting out of the helicopter if it goes down, particularly in the water.

Then he very carefully went over what we would have to do to get the various doors open in the event we arrived at the helicopter after it was down in the water (right side up or upside down). He went over in more detail what is required for the cutting seat belts, etc.

Auxiliarists practice rescue basket evolutions with USCG helicopter crew.  USCG Auxiliary photo.

For many of the rescues the USCG uses the rescue basket. Auxiliarist Dee Dee Kincade commented that the basket seemed pretty small.  Lt. Culver asked one of the Auxiliarists to get into the basket. Once in it we realized that the basket was a lot roomier than it looked.

Following the training everyone adjourned to the Station for a barbecue which was enjoyed by all of the Stations crew, the Auxiliarists, and particularly by the crew of the rescue helicopter.

All good things eventually come to end and soon it was time for them to take off and head back down to the Bay Area.

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