Australian Maritime Safety Authority

AMSA officers participate in Forward Field Base training

27 January 2017

We recently organised familiarisation visits and training for our Canberra and regional-based Response staff who are likely to be involved in establishing and managing a Forward Field Base (FFB) for search and rescue and maritime casualty response operations.

Our team visited United Aero at Camden, Toll Helicopters at Bankstown and participated in training with Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service. This provided staff with an opportunity to understand the capabilites of our different tiers of search and rescue operators.

The base complex Toll has built to service the NSW Ambulance contract is one of the most impressive facilities in the country. This includes a full motion AW139 helicopter simulator, virtual reality aircrew trainer, and a complete Helicopter Underwater Escape Training / Sea Survival complex. Using wind, wave, noise and light generators, this complex can be configured to simulate virtually any conditions that could be experienced.

The training at Westpac was challenging, highly personalised, and professionally delivered. The combination of theory, static simulation on the aircraft/trainer contained within the hanger, and the hands-on practical sorties were invaluable to our officers.

* A Forward Field base in a temporary base set up in a location close to a search and rescue or maritime casualty response operation from which personnel, equipment and aircraft/vessels can be coordinated.

Simulated stretcher winching

Simulated stretcher winching

Westpac rescue helicopter

Westpac rescue helicopter

Toll base, Bankstown

Toll base, Bankstown

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