Hot offload training with a USCG MH-65 Dolphin helicopter

Photo by Tracy Mac/2019

A hot offload training with the Coast Guard, Arcata Fire Department and Mad River Community Hospital staff was executed on Wednesday, July 10, 2019. 

EMTs, ICU, ER medical personnel were on hand to see what it would be like to help a critical care patient that was delivered by helicopter to the hospital. The USCG MH-65 Dolphin helicopter can go 150 miles offshore and inland to Redding. USCG consists of rescue swimmers and medics. The HH-65 Dolphin is known for its Fenestron tail rotor and its autopilot capabilities, which can complete an unaided approach to the water and bring the aircraft into a stable 50 ft (15 m) hover, or automatically fly search patterns, an ability which allows the crew to engage in other tasks. A distinctive feature of the MH-65 Dolphin is its fenestron ducted-fan anti-torque device. The fenestron consists of 11 blades spinning inside a circular housing at the base of the helicopter's tail fin.

Event Date: 

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - 1:15pm to 2:15pm