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THE REPELLERS ARE COMING 4-20-15

Rappellers are wildland firefighters trained and prepared to operate in all the roles of helibase operations and as aerially delivered firefighters. During the week of May 11 through May 16 there will be 72 veteran rappellers from all over the nation, along with 30 additional support staff and four helicopters with flight crews coming to Salmon.

The training will take place at the Salmon Air Base and Haynes Creek. Salmon Air Base will be hosting Spotter Emersion training during the week of May 13 through May 16. 11 Personnel will be participating in this training in order to prepare for becoming a qualified rappel spotter to deploy rappellers and cargo safely.

During the time period of June 1 through June 12, there will be 86 rookie rappellers, along with 50 additional support staff and six helicopters and flight crews. The training will take place at the Salmon Air Base and Haynes Creek. All rookie rappellers from around the country come to Salmon as the Salmon-Challis National Forest hosts this intensive, performance-based training each year.

The purpose of the training is to provide annual quality training for rappellers and spotters in accordance with the National Rappel Operations Guide; to strengthen leadership, teamwork, and communications within the rappel community, and to produce quality aerial-delivered firefighters for use in fire and aviation operations.

The U.S. Forest Service National Helicopter Rappel Programís primary mission is initial attack. Rappel crews may be utilized for large fire support, all hazard incident operations and resource management objectives.




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