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The US Air Force Reserve 304th Rescue Squadron has a shortage of combat rescue officers.

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Taissa Csaky spoke to four swiftwater rescue practitioners with long experience of such technical situations.

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On 28 February, Marin County Fire sent a request to California Highway Patrol (CHP) Air Operations for aid in the retrieval of a hiker who had fallen approximately 70 ft (20 m) down a cliff.

The UK’s Association of Air Ambulances (AAA) announced on 25 February that it has been tasked with distributing £5 million donated by the Government.

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The Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has responded to feedback from the aviation and general community about proposed changes to safety requirements for community service flights

Flying Doctors Nigeria (FDN) has entered into an agreement with a UK-based call centre to improve its lifesaving air transport services across Africa

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Bell Helicopter announced on 3 March that an agreement had been reached for the sale of 200 Bell 407GXP helicopters configured for HEMS to Air Methods Corporation

Military/coast guard

UK military air rescue personnel recognised in the latest Operational Honours and Awards list.

The Brazilian Air Force has reported on a milestone mission: its first rescue exercise lifting a victim from water at night using night vision goggles (NVG).

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The US Air Force Reserve 304th Rescue Squadron has a shortage of combat rescue officers.

Pilots

On 17 February, Kevin Nooner, director of operations with Vanderbilt LifeFlight, reported via the Concern Network that a non-injury incident had occurred earlier in the month, involving a LifeFlight EC135 operated by Air Methods.

Aerial firefighting

US Army Reserve unit, A Company, 2-238th Aviation Regiment, 11th Aviation Command conducted water bucket training in support of California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) tactical air operations in Hemet, California, this February.

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