Rescue baskets are by far the safest and most efficient helicopter rescue device in use. On some missions, the basket has been the only option for a safe rescue. In missions with multiple victims, with minimal or no injuries, the rescue basket is the perfect solution for rapid unaided rescue. In critical mass casualty situations, two average sized individuals can be hoisted at once in the rescue basket. The ability to lift two victims in a single hoist evolution will speed the recovery and reduce the time at scene for multi-victim rescues. Additionally, medical concerns, discomfort, and chest compression caused by most rescue strops, especially with larger heavier individuals, should be taken into consideration. If the size of the basket is a concern, as with smaller helicopters, the Collapsible Rescue Basket (#495) is a perfect fit.
The McCauley Collapsible Rescue Basket combines the compact storage capabilities of rescue nets with the ruggedness, rigidity, and safety of solid frame rescue baskets. The collapsible design reduces storage volume by 55% when compared to our Compact Rescue Basket (#499). This design is ideal for smaller helicopters where cabin space is at a premium.
A new tubular hinge design greatly reduces maintenance. Frame members are constructed of tubular stainless steel with flexible net sides of 1/2″ nylon webbing. All components are non-corrosive and require minimal maintenance for extended service life. A semi-rigid plastic mesh liner with 1″ openings encloses the bottom. Inherent flotation provides positive self-righting and reserve buoyancy. Float covers are printed with safety pictorials and have high intensity retroreflective markings. A heavy-duty stowage case constructed of 1050 denier ballistics nylon and tie-strap are included with the basket.