Interagency Rappel Unit

The Interagency Rappel Unit (IRU) enables safe, effective, and efficient helicopter rappel operations by developing, disseminating, and maintaining national interagency standards for wildland fire helicopter rappel operations. Primary objectives include:

  • Develop, maintain, update and issue interagency helicopter rappel guidance.
  • Identify, evaluate, and address interagency helicopter rappel operations and issues.
  • Solicit and address helicopter rappel ideas, practices, techniques, and concerns with helicopter rappel operations, qualifications, safety, training, equipment, and procedures.


Eric Bush
NWCG Coordinator: 
Tim Blake
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