Once you’ve determined that the situation is safe, there are a couple of things you can do to assist the pilot and expedite the helicopter’s departure.
First, help protect the helicopter:
- Establish a cordon.
- If the helicopter has landed in or near a street, use your vehicle to divert traffic past the rotor blades.
- Because of the potential for fuel spills, use your light bar to alert traffic. DO NOT use flares!
Second, ask the pilot if he or she needs help contacting their home base. The pilot may need to update their base on the status of the flight and the condition of the crew, passengers, and aircraft. Depending on the reason for the precautionary landing, the pilot may also need to arrange for repairs or fuel.