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Sandy Beach Park is ‘ideal’ for HFD helicopter training

By June Watanabe

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jul 23, 2013

~~<p><strong>Question</strong>: The Honolulu Fire Department is conducting practice drills for rappelling at Sandy Beach. They're flying helicopters at such low altitudes around people using the beach, including tourists. They do it frequently, taking over the far side of that beach. It doesn't seem right to endanger people with men hanging off the helicopter, especially after the recent helicopter crash in town. People had to leave the beach in numbers. With all due respect for the need for them to train, shouldn't they be doing it on grounds where there&rsquo;s a proper helicopter pad and landing facilities should something arise?</p>
<p><strong>Answer</strong>: The Honolulu Fire Department actually trains at Sandy Beach Park because of its location, finding it an &ldquo;ideal&rdquo; training ground because it is &ldquo;a remote park, not close to residential areas and large enough to safely accommodate the training activity without an unreasonable impact to the public,&rdquo; said HFD spokes&shy;man Capt. Terry Seelig.</p>
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Question: The Honolulu Fire Department is conducting practice drills for rappelling at Sandy Beach. They're flying helicopters at such low altitudes around people using the beach, including tourists. They do it frequently, taking over the far side of that beach. It doesn't seem right to endanger people with men hanging off the helicopter, especially after the recent helicopter crash in town. People had to leave the beach in numbers. With all due respect for the need for them to train, shouldn't they be doing it on grounds where there’s a proper helicopter pad and landing facilities should something arise?

Answer: The Honolulu Fire Department actually trains at Sandy Beach Park because of its location, finding it an “ideal” training ground because it is “a remote park, not close to residential areas and large enough to safely accommodate the training activity without an unreasonable impact to the public,” said HFD spokes­man Capt. Terry Seelig. Login for more...



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