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New helicopter hoist will help rescue injured firefighters in Nevada

The Nevada Division of Forestry released this photograph of its new helicopter rescue hoist.
The Nevada Division of Forestry released this photograph of its new helicopter rescue hoist.(KOLO)
Published: Oct. 11, 2018 at 4:25 PM PDT
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The state of Nevada has received a new helicopter rescue system designed to be especially useful for saving injured firefighters.

The Nevada Division of Forestry said Thursday it now has an advance rescue hoist system. It will allow someone to be lowered out of a hovering helicopter, secure an injured person and then have both of them raised back to the helicopter to be taken to medical care.

It is common to have to use a helicopter to rescue or evacuate injured and lost people, the NDF said in a statement. Also, given Nevada’s landscape of mountains and valleys, firefighters are often injured in places not accessible by vehicle.

“The hoist will be a critical tool that allows EMTs to quickly access, stabilize, secure, and extract injured firefighters and members of the general public from these remote areas,” the NDF said.

The state paid for the hoist, but accessories like harnesses and lift baskets were purchased through a U.S. Forest Service grant, NDF said.

“NDF, working with cooperators, is very excited to roll this new equipment out for the safety and well-being of firefighters in Nevada,” said Kacey KC, NDF’s state forester fire warden. “This equipment is critical in supporting our mission of protecting life and property in our great state.”

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