Police helicopter W-3 Sokół will help TOPR members in rescue operations until the end of October, said inspector Mariusz Ciarka, the spokesman of the Police Headquarters. As he explained, it was due to the technical inspection of the Tatra Volunteer Rescue Service machine. This is not the first time that such cooperation has been done. – They already know how it flies here – assured TOPR rescuer Bartłomiej Gąsienica-Józkowy in an interview with TVN24.
The spokesman of the Police Headquarters, Inspector Mariusz Ciarka informed that a few days ago the authorities of the Tatra Volunteer Rescue Service asked the Police Commander in Chief for support. The time has come for a technical inspection that the TOPR Sokół helicopter must undergo. – Therefore, for just over the next four weeks, you will be able to see a police helicopter, instead of TOPR, over the Polish part of the Tatra Mountains, said a spokesman for KGP.
TOPR lifeguard: police pilots know the Tatra Mountains
Five police airmen were delegated to help: three pilots from the Aviation Section of the Provincial Police Headquarters in Krakow and two on-board operators from the Police Aviation Board of the General Police Staff of the KGP. – The police falcon will take part in rescue operations conducted by TOPR members from Friday – emphasized insp. Mariusz Ciarka. They will also take care of the technical condition of the helicopter.
As assured in an interview with TVN24, TOPR rescuer Bartłomiej Gąsienica-Józkowy, police pilots “know the Tatra Mountains”. – We know how to work with them, they know with us, so they already know how to fly here – he emphasized.
Police helicopter W-3 Sokół. Equipment
The KGP spokesman indicated that the crew would each time consist of two pilots, an on-board operator and two paramedics from TOPR. – In addition, it will be possible to take up to 10 people on board – he added.
– The police falcon, like the one from Toprow, is equipped with a deck crane that allows you to pull the rescuer and the injured person on board. The helicopter will also include: climbing equipment, stretchers, defibrillator and other items necessary for first aid – listed Insp. Mariusz Ciarka.
– We had to transfer all the medical and rescue equipment to this helicopter. He is composed a bit differently than ours. We have devices installed for our belongings, but here we had to configure so that during this month it was possible to save people safely and safely – added TOPR rescuer Bartłomiej Gąsienica-Józkowy.
Police helicopters used by top carriers
– This is not the first time that police airmen together with TOPR rescuers will conduct rescue operations. Police officers have already cooperated with TOPR, for example in 2013, when their rescue helicopter was undergoing engine overhauls, and in 2014, when it had an accident. In both of these situations, the police helicopter W-3 Sokół was used during the operation. In turn, in February this year, the black hawk was used for rescue operations in the Polish mountains. It was then that the following were saved: a tourist who broke her leg on a mountain trail and a tourist caught by an avalanche – reminded Ciarka.
A spokesman for KGP said that the police aviation operated two PZL W-3 Sokół helicopters stationed in Kraków and Szczecin. – These machines work well in transport, patrol, rescue, amphibious and search flights. PZL W-3 Sokół have been used since 2001. The maximum speed that these machines can develop is 255 kilometers per hour, the maximum height they can ascend is 5,100 meters, and the range is 690 kilometers, he added.
Main photo source: KPP in Zakopane