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US Coast Guard Helo Training in Putnam County

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On Monday August 15, 2022, firefighters from Putnam County Fire Rescue, Palatka & Melrose Fire Departments participated in helicopter safety training with the US Coast Guard Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron (HITRON) at the Palatka Kay Larkin airport. Crews from several different engine and rescue companies rotated through the training event and performed hands on training with a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter. Topics covered during the training were safe and danger areas on the helicopter exterior, normal & emergency access to doors and windows, aircrew restraint systems, securing engines and electrical power and rescue hoist safety procedures. The Coast Guard operates several MH-65 Dolphin helicopters in the drug-interdiction mission out of the Cecil Commerce Center in Jacksonville, Fl.

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CHRIS DILLEYSenior Correspondent

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