Search and Rescue
Job Title: Helicopter Rescue Paramedic (Winchman, Winch Operator and trainer)
Place of Work: CHC Ireland / Irish Coast Guard helicopter rescue base, Shanon airport, Co Clare, Ireland
What does your job include?
For 14 years I’ve been working as a Helicopter Rescue Paramedic, at the CHC Ireland operated Irish Coast Guard helicopter base in Shannon airport, on Ireland’s west coast.
My employer CHC is a global provider of helicopter services and currently contracted to the Irish government. I currently carry out 24hr shifts working as either a winch-operator or winchman depending on my roster. As a registered paramedic, my responsibilities involve providing emergency medical care to patients, often in a wide range of hostile environments. The service operates on a 24/7 basis across 4 rescue bases, using the Sikorsky S92 aircraft, with an off-shore range out to 230 nautical miles. The S92 is fitted with a variable speed, twin rescue hoist system, with both hoists having 290 feet of usable winch cable. The majority of rescue missions involve the winchman paramedic being winched onto a vessel at sea, a mountainside or seacliff, before stabilising the patient and both being recovered to the aircraft. Both paramedics in the aircraft are then involved in patient treatment on the journey to hospital.