Helicopter Coordinator, HLCO
- Identifies retardant and foam use restrictions.
- Ability to perform navigation tasks utilizing maps, GPS/LORAN, plot coordinates latitude and longitude.
- Confirms TFT status.
- Locates and confirms flight hazards from the air and relays information to pilots.
- Identifies and plots topography and landmarks in operation area (dip sites, helispots/bases, drop points, etc.).
- Establishes ground contact communications.
- Coordinates tactical helicopter operations.
- Establishes helicopter priorities to meet incident tactical objectives.
- Evaluates aircraft capabilities and assigns aircraft to suitable missions.
- Establish targets and priorities for water drops, assures drop area is clear.
- Provides clear target descriptions to helicopter pilots.
- Monitor effectiveness of operations, makes adjustments if necessary, provides feedback to pilots.
- Maintains positive control of helicopters in operating area, providing ingress/egress routes, flight routes between dip sites and targets, coordination with dip site managers, coordinates logistical flight.
- Provides intelligence to operations personnel.
- Enforces agency aviation regulations (contract/rental provisions, flight/duty limitations, sunrise/sunset limitations, etc.).
- Ensures safe flight conditions and shuts down operations when necessary.
Position Knowledge and/or Requirements
- S-378 ATGS.
- Qualified Helicopter Manager AND Task Force Leader.
- Communicate verbally and in writing to relay critical incident information.
- Function coherently during stressful situations.
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