Aircraft Base Radio Operator
The Aircraft Base Radio Operator (ABRO) reports to the Helibase Manager or Fixed-Wing Base Manager and is responsible for establishing communication between incident assigned aircraft and airbases, Air Tactical Group Supervisor, Air Operations Branch Director, and the Takeoff and Landing Coordinator.
Aircraft Base Radio Operator, ABRO
The ABRO is supervised by the Helibase Manager and is responsible for establishing and facilitating communications among incident or project assigned helicopters, helibases, helispots, air operations staff and / or Resource Aviation Manager. This individual is key to efficient communications, flight following, mission assignments and providing takeoff and landing advisories.
The ABRO should communicate frequently with the Helibase Manager concerning mission assignments, priorities, etc. The Helibase Manager should review the requirements of Helibase Mission Request Log, HBM-6, and Flight Following Log, HBM-5, with the ABRO(s) prior to the start of operations.
After the morning briefing, the ABRO should review the Incident Action or Project Aviation Plan in depth. The ABRO should post ICS Form 205, Incident Radio Communication Plan, for quick reference. The position is instrumental in recommending and establishing a communication plan for the helibase.
Information from the Communication Plan, ICS-205, should be transferred to the Helibase Organization Chart, which lists aircraft frequencies, and to the Air Operations Communications Plan.
Minimum training, qualification and currency requirements of the Aircraft Base Radio Operator position on incidents are outlined in the NIMS: Wildland Fire Qualification System Guide, PMS 310-1.
Aircraft Base Radio Operator Duties and Responsibilities
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