Collapsible Rescue Basket
The 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.