Collapsible Rescue Basket
Collapsible Rescue Basket combines the compact stow ability of the
rescue net systems with the ruggedness, rigidity and safety of the field
proven tubular frame rescue basket. The design features a 55% reduced
stowage volume compared to the rigid style #499 basket. This is
intended to permit operators of smaller helicopters to carry the rescue
device full time. Additionally the basket features a more open internal
volume, able to fit two average adults. The ability to winch two
victims during a single hoist evolution will speed the recovery and
reduce the time at scene for multi-victim rescues.
The bail assemblies
fold into the rescue basket, and each side collapses for compact
stowage. The basket is easily and quickly erected by simply lifting the
bails and top rail assembly up, and then rotating the side supports
down. Supports are secured in place by simple spring locks, and provide
a rigid structure that aids handling and entry into the basket. A new
tubular hinge design for the bail assemblies has been developed to
reduce weight and maintenance requirements.
Frame members are
constructed of TIG welded stainless steel and the sides are 1/2” nylon
webbing sewn into a net form. The stainless steel and synthetic
components require minimal maintenance and provide extended service
life. A semi-rigid, plastic net liner with 1" openings encloses the
bottom of the basket. 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. Click photo for larger image.
Dimensions: 25" W x 44½" L.
Height: 41" (9½" stowed).
Weight: 39 lbs.
Specification Sheet (click to download) available in Adobe PDF format.