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Periodically inspect the flight helmets in your care. If they are in need of cleaning, maintenance or repair there are some things you can do yourself and others that will need to be done by someone trained in helmet repair/maintenance. Use the following resources to help you:
Have helmet questions or need help? Call Ramp Services in Boise at 208-387-5529 or Kathy Komatz at 208-387-5261.
How to Properly Refuse Risk (Aviation)
Every individual (government and contracted employees) have the right and obligation to report safety problems affecting his or her safety and has the right to contribute ideas to correct the hazard.In return, supervisors are expected to give these concerns and ideas serious consideration. When an individual feels an assignment is unsafe, he or she also has the obligation to identify, to the degree possible, safe alternatives for completing that assignment. Turning down an assignment is one possible outcome of managing risk. Read more...
NEW! BLM/USFS Risk Management Workbooks (new format for 2009)
This third revision, completed in March of 2009, is posted online and has been distributed in hard copy as the Aviation Risk Management Workbook. This workbook helps to establish an Interagency Safety Management System that incorporates all four of the SMS components...Safety Promotion, Safety Assurance, Risk Management and Policy.
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The Bell model 47B was the world's first production, commercial helicopter and was used in firefighting. Photo from Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources.
Although now an integral part of wildland fire fighting, the success of the helicopter in battling wildfires wasn't always so obvious, as Bob Petite reports in this article from the June-July issue of Vertical.
What does it take to conduct an effective morning briefing?
- The morning briefing is going to set the stage for how flight crews and agency personnel approach the day’s activities. If you ended the previous day flying, conduct an After Action review (AAR) of the assignment.
- Have you as a manager created an environment where participation by all personnel is encouraged?
- Are you utilizing topics from 6 Minutes for Safety, Pilot Read Files and other safety publications?
- Most importantly, are you involving pilots and base personnel in the process?
- Ask yourself this simple question; do you think a pilot, ATGS, or crewmember that has just participated in a AAR or volunteered to lead a safety discussion on a Read File topic will be better prepared for his/her first flight of the day then someone who has not?
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