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Queensland Helicopter Rescue


The Crew

EMQ Helicopter Rescue's helicopters are operated by a three-person team; a Pilot, an Air Crew Officer and a Rescue Crew Officer

The pilot has overall command of the helicopter. The Air Crew Officer assists the pilot and acts as the winch operator on aeromedical, search and rescue, emergency and counter disaster tasks.

During winching operations the Rescue Crew Officer goes "down the wire" to retrieve the patient or the person being rescued.

Whilst the aircrew have specific tasks and responsibilities, they work as an integrated team.

Crew Requirements 

Pilot

Mandatory Requirements

Possession of Commercial Pilots Licence (Helicopter), 2500 hours minimum experience as a helicopter pilot. May be reduced to not below 2000 hours providing applicant holds a ATPL(H) and has extensive Civilian EMS SAR experience.  200 hours multi engine turbine Command, 100 hours night experience and a current class 1 medical certificate. Current command instrument rating. 

Duties / Responsibilites

  • Fly single pilot, instrument flight rules (IFR), twin-engine helicopters on aeromedical, search and rescue, counter disaster operations and other government support tasks as directed by the Chief Pilot or Base Manager. 

  • Carry out all duties and training in accordance with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority Regulations (CASA Regulations) and the EMQ Helicopter Rescue Operations Manual. 

  • Maintain crew co ordination and co operation in a multi crew environment.

  • Undertake training and skills upgrading as directed by the Base Manager. 

  • Ensure the Base Manager is promptly advised on all matters affecting the safety, serviceability or effectiveness of aircraft or the operation.

  • Ensure all flight and task documentation is accurately completed and all crews adequately briefed and de briefed and any deficiencies promptly addressed.

  • Carry out support and administrative duties as directed by the Base Manager. 

  • Assist in maintaining a safe, orderly and clean aircraft and hangar environment. 


Aircrew Officer

Mandatory Requirements

  • Pass EMQ Helicopter Rescue Aircrew Officer physical fitness test.
  • Possess a current Aviation Class 2 Medical Certificate or equivalent.
  • Have previous Bronze Medallion Life Saving Qualification.
  • Qualified Helicopter Winch Operator with at least 25 logged winch sorties including 5 at night either operational or in training.


    OR 

    Qualified Rescue Crew Officer with at least 2 years experience and 40 logged winch sorties either operationally or in training. 

Fitness Test

The level 2 test for Aircrew Officers comprises of a 400 metre swim in under 10 minutes.

Complete the Rockport Fitness Walk Test (1.6km walk) – with the minimum standard being a “Good” assessment on the Rockport calculator or complete the distance run (2.4km) with a minimum standard being a “Good” assessment on the ExRx.net: Distance Run Calculator.  Alternatively, a 2.4 km run under 12 minutes is also considered a pass. 

Duties / Responsibilities

  • Assist the pilot to carry out all aeromedical, search and rescue, emergency and counter disaster operations and other Government support tasks. 

  • Carry out all duties and training in accordance with the EMQ Helicopter Rescue Operations Manual.

  • Cooperate closely with the helicopter crew and other emergency services personnel.

  • Undertake training and skills upgrading as directed by Base Manager.

  • Ensure the Pilot is promptly advised on all matters affecting the safety, serviceability or effectiveness of the aircraft or the operation.

  • Assist in ensuring that all flight and task documentation is accurately completed and that all crews are adequately briefed and de briefed and any deficiencies promptly addressed.

  • Carry out support and administrative duties as directed by Base Manager. 

  • Assist in maintaining a safe, orderly and clean aircraft and hangar environment. 


Rescue Crew Officer

Mandatory Requirements

Pass the EMQ Helicopter Rescue, Rescue Crew Officer physical fitness test. · Possess a current recognised First Aid Certificate. · Possess a current Bronze Medallion Life Saving qualification. 

Fitness Test

The Level 1 fitness test for Rescue Crew Officers comprises of:

Swim               1500m (50m pool) last 500m with fins in under 30 minutes.
Run                  3.2km in under 14 minutes                                                             

OR 
                                   
2.4km run with the minimum standard being an “Excellent” rating on the ExRx.net:  Distance Run Calculator.

Duties / Responsibilities

  • Assist the crew to carry out all aeromedical, search and rescue, emergency and counter disaster operations and other Government support tasks

  • Perform the down the wire rescue role during winching operations.

  • Maintain currency on role equipment and undertake training on specialised equipment.

  • Carry out all duties and training in accordance with the EMQ Helicopter Rescue Operations Manual.

  • Cooperate closely with the helicopter crew and other emergency services personnel.

  • Undertake training and skills upgrading as directed by the Base Manager. 

  • Ensure the Pilot is promptly advised on all matters affecting the safety and effectiveness of the aircraft or the operation. 

  • Assist in ensuring that all flight and task documentation is accurately completed and that all crews are adequately briefed and de briefed and any deficiencies promptly addressed.

  • Carry out support and administrative duties as directed by the Base Manager.

  • Assist in maintaining a safe, orderly and clean aircraft and hangar environment.

  • Maintain a high level of physical and fitness and have a demonstrated fitness program. 


Base Engineer

Mandatory Requirements

Possess a current Airframe and Engine licence for EMQ Helicopter Rescue fleet type helicopters.

Duties / Responsibilities

  • Maintain EMQ Helicopter Rescue helicopters ensuring all engineering, safety and Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) requirements are adhered to.

  • Ensure all facets of aircraft maintenance are completed to required standards
  • Plan future maintenance, monitor safety issues and maintain aircraft records.

  • Liaise closely with the Base Manager on all maintenance programming.

  • Maintain a CASA approved maintenance facility in accordance with EMQ Helicopter Rescue Procedures and Maintenance Control and System of Maintenance Manuals.

  • Source approved aircraft parts ensuring quality and value of purchase within delegated limits.

  • Accompany aircraft on some tasking where required.

  • Train, educate and certify pilots in maintenance and role equipment functions. 

  • Maintain ground support equipment.

  • Supervise sub contracted maintenance.

  • Supervise unlicenced personnel when carrying out maintenance tasks.

  • Provide engineering support to the other bases when required by the Chief Engineer.

  • Actively participate in a working environment supporting quality human resource management practices including employment equity, anti-discrimination, occupational health and safety, and ethical behaviour. 

  • In conjunction with the Chief Engineer ensure base engineering financial expenditure and administrative procedures are effectively and efficiently managed.

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