LASD’s Malibu Search and Rescue practice their skills

On Sunday, June 9 at Malibu Creek State Park, the Malibu Search and Rescue team performed their annual helicopter recertification training. All team members practiced being hoisted into Air Rescue 5 and rappelling out of the hovering helicopter. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers TRAINING FOR A RESCUE - Malibu Search and Rescue team members watch as rescuers are hoisted into Los Angeles County Sheriff's Air Rescue 5 during the Malibu Search and Rescue team's annual helicopter recertification at Malibu Creek State Park on Sun., June 9.

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TRAINING FOR A RESCUE – Malibu Search and Rescue team members watch as rescuers are hoisted into Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Air Rescue 5 during the Malibu Search and Rescue team’s annual helicopter recertification at Malibu Creek State Park on Sun., June 9.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers TRAINING FOR A RESCUE - Sergeant Rocky Morton, left, of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department shows Megan Lumatti a figure eight knot during Malibu Search and Rescue team's annual helicopter recertification at Malibu Creek State Park on Sun., June 9. The team trained on LASD's new Air Rescue 5, a Super Puma copter built by Eurocopter. MC 228

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TRAINING FOR A RESCUE – Sergeant Rocky Morton, left, of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department shows Megan Lumatti a figure eight knot during Malibu Search and Rescue team’s annual helicopter recertification at Malibu Creek State Park on Sun., June 9. The team trained on LASD’s new Air Rescue 5, a Super Puma copter built by Eurocopter. MC 228

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Homemade cookies for the Search and Rescue team members sit next to a LASD radio.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers
Homemade cookies for the Search and Rescue team members sit next to a LASD radio.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers The Malibu Search and Rescue team is made up of LASD reserve deputies and carry an assortment of tools for the job.

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The Malibu Search and Rescue team is made up of LASD reserve deputies and carry an assortment of tools for the job.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers RESCUE TRAINING - Malibu Search and Rescue team members learn how to use a Bauman Bag, which is used for lifting a patient during a hoist evacuation, during Malibu Search and Rescue team's annual helicopter recertification at Malibu Creek State Park on Sun., June 9. The team trained on LASD's new Air Rescue 5, a Super Puma copter built by Eurocopter. MC 229

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RESCUE TRAINING – Malibu Search and Rescue team members learn how to use a Bauman Bag, which is used for lifting a patient during a hoist evacuation, during Malibu Search and Rescue team’s annual helicopter recertification at Malibu Creek State Park on Sun., June 9. The team trained on LASD’s new Air Rescue 5, a Super Puma copter built by Eurocopter. MC 229

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers A Search and Rescue team member holds up the proper way to attach the straps of a Bauman Bag. The Bauman Bag is used to lift a patient during a hoist evacuation. The bag wraps the patient up like a burrito to secure them.

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A Search and Rescue team member holds up the proper way to attach the straps of a Bauman Bag. The Bauman Bag is used to lift a patient during a hoist evacuation. The bag wraps the patient up like a burrito to secure them.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers A Search and Rescue members photographs Air Rescue 5 as it lands at Malibu Creek State Park on Sun., June 9.

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A Search and Rescue members photographs Air Rescue 5 as it lands at Malibu Creek State Park on Sun., June 9.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers A Search and Rescue members covers his face as dust from Air Rescue 5 engulfs the area as it lands at Malibu Creek State Park.

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A Search and Rescue members covers his face as dust from Air Rescue 5 engulfs the area as it lands at Malibu Creek State Park.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department has three new Super Puma rescue copters that will replace the aging Sikorsky H-3 Sea Kings.

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The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department has three new Super Puma rescue copters that will replace the aging Sikorsky H-3 Sea Kings.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Search and Rescue members learn how to use a Bauman Bag to lift a patient during a hoist operation with Air Rescue 5 at Malibu Creek State Park on Sun., June 9.

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Search and Rescue members learn how to use a Bauman Bag to lift a patient during a hoist operation with Air Rescue 5 at Malibu Creek State Park on Sun., June 9.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers PREPARING FOR TRAINING - The Malibu Search and Rescue team is briefed before their annual helicopter recertification at Malibu Creek State Park on Sun., June 9. MC 230

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PREPARING FOR TRAINING – The Malibu Search and Rescue team is briefed before their annual helicopter recertification at Malibu Creek State Park on Sun., June 9. MC 230

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers LASD Reserve Deputy David Stephens, left, adjusts the straps on a team member before the start of their annual helicopter recertification at Malibu Creek State Park on Sun., June 9.

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LASD Reserve Deputy David Stephens, left, adjusts the straps on a team member before the start of their annual helicopter recertification at Malibu Creek State Park on Sun., June 9.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Air Rescue 5 lifts off for Malibu Search and Rescue's annual helicopter recertification at Malibu Creek State Park on Sun., June 9.

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Air Rescue 5 lifts off for Malibu Search and Rescue’s annual helicopter recertification at Malibu Creek State Park on Sun., June 9.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Malibu Search and Rescue team members prepare to be lifted by the hoist on Air Rescue 5 during their annual helicopter recertification at Malibu Creek State Park on Sun., June 9.

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Malibu Search and Rescue team members prepare to be lifted by the hoist on Air Rescue 5 during their annual helicopter recertification at Malibu Creek State Park on Sun., June 9.

MC 231 LASD SAR Training MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers HOIST OPERATION - Members of the Malibu Search and Rescue team are hoisted into Los Angeles County Sheriff's Air Rescue 5 during the Malibu Search and Rescue team's annual helicopter recertification at Malibu Creek State Park on Sun., June 9. MC 231

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HOIST OPERATION – Members of the Malibu Search and Rescue team are hoisted into Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Air Rescue 5 during the Malibu Search and Rescue team’s annual helicopter recertification at Malibu Creek State Park on Sun., June 9. MC 231

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Malibu Search and Rescue members rappel from Air Rescue 5 during the team's annual helicopter recertification at Malibu Creek State Park on Sun., June 9.

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Malibu Search and Rescue members rappel from Air Rescue 5 during the team’s annual helicopter recertification at Malibu Creek State Park on Sun., June 9.

MC 232 LASD SAR Training MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers RAPPELLING - A member of the Malibu Search and Rescue team rappels out of Air Rescue 5 during the Malibu Search and Rescue team's annual helicopter recertification at Malibu Creek State Park on Sun., June 9. MC 232

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RAPPELLING – A member of the Malibu Search and Rescue team rappels out of Air Rescue 5 during the Malibu Search and Rescue team’s annual helicopter recertification at Malibu Creek State Park on Sun., June 9. MC 232

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