Helicopter Coordinator

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The Helicopter Coordinator (HLCO) reports to the Air Tactical Group Supervisor (ATGS) and is responsible for coordinating tactical or logistical helicopter mission(s) at the incident.

HLCO Incident Position Description

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The HLCO is supervised by the ATGS and is responsible for coordinating tactical or logistical helicopter missions(s) at the incident.

Minimum training, qualification and currency requirements of the Helicopter Coordinator position on incidents are outlined in the NIMS: Wildland Fire Qualification System Guide, PMS 310-1.

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Helicopter Coordinator Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Obtain briefing from ATGS.
  2. Survey assigned incident area to determine situation, aircraft hazards, and other potential problems.
  3. Coordinate with ASGS and/or Helibase Manager in establishing locations and takeoff and landing patterns for helibase(s) and helispot(s).
  4. Coordinate the use of assigned ground-to-air and air-to-air communications frequencies with the ATGS.
  5. Ensure that all assigned helicopter Pilots know appropriate operating frequencies.
  6. Coordinate geographical areas for helicopter operations with ATGS and make assignments.
  7. Inform ATGS when mission is completed and reassign helicopter as directed.
  8. Report incidents or accidents to ATGS immediately.
  9. Maintain record of activities.
  10. Attend a debriefing and provide feedback to the ATGS, ASGS, and Helibase Manager.

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2020-05-27

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