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Landing Zone Setup for a Staff for Life Helicopter



Requesting Information

  • Name of requesting agency and call-back number
  • Type and extent of injuries
  • Approximate weight of patient
  • Location, major cross streets, coordinates, landmarks, etc.
  • Ground contact unit and frequency
Landing Requirements
  • 100 x 100 foot area
  • Site free of trees, wires, vehicles and loose debris
  • Wet down area if dusty
  • Flat, smooth area; avoid slopes
  • Marking devices (flashlights, strobes, flares) secured to ground
  • Night: Emergency vehicle with roof top lights on, spotlights aimed down at landing site. Pilot may ask for lights to be turned off during landing due to use of night vision goggles (NVGs).
  • Upwind if Haz Mat scene

Safety Precautions

  • Keep vehicles, personnel and bystanders back at least 100 feet 
  • Remain clear of tail rotor at all times
  • Always approach aircraft from the front
  • Do not approach aircraft unless signaled to do so by a crew member
  • Protect patient from blowing debris and rotor wash
  • No loose blankets or clothing on or around the patient
  • No smoking within 100 feet of the helicopter
  • No running within 100 feet of the helicopter
  • Do not attempt to open or close the aircraft doors
  • Do not raise anything above your head (IV poles, etc.)
  • Follow flight crew instructions at all times



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