Veteran wildland firefighter rappellers use various techniques to negotiate the wind from the helicopter rotor blades above them, and away from tree branches, beside and below, as they perform a controlled and safe descent at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) U.S. Forest Service (USFS) National Helicopter Rappel Programâs Rappel Academy at Salmon Air Base in Salmon, ID on Thursday, May 15, 2014. From May 12, 2014, 72 veteran rappellers from all over the nation, 30 support staff, and three helicopters with flight crews attend the training at Salmon Air Base. Participants will rappel into the Perreau Creek area. The annual training is delivered in accordance with the National Rappel Operations Guide; strengthen leadership, teamwork, and communications within the rappel community, and produces quality aerial delivered firefighters for use in fire and aviation operations. The USDA Forest Service National Helicopter Rappel Programâs primary mission is initial attack. Rappel crews may be utilized for large fire support, all hazard incident operations, and resource management objectives. USDA Photo by Lance Cheung.
June 11, 2014
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