if the mind is not tired.” In aircraft rescue, we
know the survival clock begins ticking the moment
that fire breaks out or a crash occurs. Our mindset,
our pre-plan and team training need to launch
instantaneously upon “size up” of the event.
This is where the attitude, ability and skill come
together and the mindset of maximizing survival
drives the end result.
Preparing for routine and difficult access scenarios
is an essential element of emergency planning. Early
on in my career, I was taught that the ideal place
to access the aircraft is via an overwing exit or an
exit near the wing, as this is pretty much the center
point of the aircraft. I still believe in this tactic for
obvious reasons. Once inside, we have the ability to
go forward or aft in the aircraft.