The personnel of the Akmola, Borovsky and Kokshetau aviation departments underwent ground and air training in order to thoroughly and comprehensively prepare, work out all the elements of descent, study various techniques and training on their implementation. The practical skills of the "forest special forces" were tested by experienced mentors - the head of the air fire service, the heads of the aviation department and the observer pilots.
It should be noted that it is not always possible to get to the area of an active forest fire by land transport, and when delivering forces and means by aviation, it is necessary to pick up a platform for a safe landing. In such cases, it is decided to land troops in the area of the fire with the help of a helicopter. The pilot-observer from the air selects a platform suitable for the descent of paratroopers- firefighters, measuring at least 5x5 meters between the crowns of trees.
It is worth noting that such training descents are held annually - at the beginning and middle of the fire season. It is extremely important to recall the methodology of helicopter descents after the winter break and consolidate the acquired skills, because this is one of the foundations of the safety of forest aviation operations.
The helicopter hovers over this "well" at a height of at least 10 meters above the treetops (while the height to the ground should not exceed 45 meters). The observer pilot opens the door and drops a particularly strong (900 kg at break) 50-meter cord, along which, with the help of a roller trigger device, paratroopers-firefighters descend directly from the helicopter to the ground. During the training, the interaction of the observer pilot and paratroopers-firefighters, the descent speed (average - three meters per second), the correct landing and much more are monitored.