Friday, July 1, 2011
Mi-171s Participate in Kazspas 2011
Kazakhstan’s Federation for Civil Defense, Emergency Management and Natural Disasters Response (EMERCOM) hosted an international SAR training seminar in June, Kazspas 2011, featuring several Mil Mi-171s. The exercises, held in Astana, Kazakhstan, covered both on and offshore operations in harsh environments with a variety of resources. The helicopters performed firefighting maneuvers with a water bucket, lifted and transported an EMERCOM vehicle, and unloaded four-wheelers and other relief equipment during a simulated chemical plant emergency. Hover exercises featuring drops at an “earthquake” heap site rounded out the land-based activities. Water rescues using divers and a windlass were also practiced.