a. Medical assistance: A corpsman should be present to assist in providing medical attention if needed. A backboard and cervical collar should be planned for and when lowering the pilot it is best to lower him directly onto the backboard or litter. If your climbers are well versed in high angle rescues then the pilot can be put into the litter while still in the tree if his injuries require (this is specialized and not a part of this course).
b. DOD form 1833: This classified report has key information to be used in identifying a pilot. This report is called the isolated personnel report or isoprep data. The information provided is personal and specific. Often this data is verified prior to insertion. The TRAP recovery force needs them to authenticate upon location of the pilot. NEVER take a filled out DOD form1833 or the data with you, memorize it.
TRANSITION: Now that I have discussed tree climbing techniques, are there any questions? If there are none, then I have some for you.
a. The student will retrieve a pilot from a tree in a safe manner using the techniques taught. PROVIDE HELP (CONC)
a. The instructors will assist the students when necessary. OPPORTUNITY FOR QUESTIONS (3 Min)
1. QUESTIONS FROM THE CLASS
2. QUESTIONS TO THE CLASS
Q. What are the four different climbing techniques?
(2) Girth hitch
(3) Monkey method
(4) Party Climb
Q. What is the last thing you do prior to releasing the pilot from his parachute? A. Recheck your system. SUMMARY (2 Min)
a. During this period of instruction we have discussed various techniques of ascending a tree and how to safely lower a pilot to the ground.
b. Those of you with IRF's please fill them out at this time and turn them into the instructor. We will now take a short break.
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