Using a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter at an operational rate of $6,000 an hour, members of the North Carolina Helicopter and Aquatic Rescue team and local firefighters trained Wednesday on high rise rescues at the Buncombe County Emergency Services Training Center.
These types of simulated maneuvers are fun to photograph. The wash from the helicopter, or down draft from the rotor blades, is the same as a Category 1 hurricane, with wind speeds reaching 70-plus miles per hour. The helicopter would lower two rescuers onto the roof of one building, pick up simulated victims, and transport them to a roof of another building nearby.
This type of training is held once a month in order to keep rescuers up to date with the latest procedures.