NEWS | April 8, 2020

MEDEVAC: New Rescue Hoist Vest Approved

Hawaii Army National Guard Soldiers with 1st Battalion, 189th General Support Aviation Battalion prepares to conduct hoist operation training on February 8, 2020 at Wheeler Army Airfield, Wahiawa Hawaii. The model M Blackhawk, Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC) helicopters train hoist operations in preparation for national and state emergency support.
Photo by Sgt. Matthew Foster

When it comes to rescue hoist operations, having the right equipment is vital.

Now you have another option. The Air Rescue Vest-Quick Connect (ARV-QC) is now approved for use by the Aviation Engineering Directorate and authorized by AWR 980R20.
Army version of air rescue vest quick-connect is approved for use
Army version of air rescue vest quick-connect is approved for use

The military version of this vest is a solid tan color. That makes it light enough to show discolorations from blood or other bodily fluids. In addition, the vest:
  • is intuitive and easy to use.
  • can be applied in seconds to standing, seated, or prone patients.
  • has a deep seat that improves flight profile while increasing patient comfort.
  • has reinforced grab handles that aid in patient handling.
  • has a built in 10:1 safety margin. The weight limit is 400-lbs and the ARV-QC has been pull-tested to 4,000 lbs and did not rip, tear, or separate.
  • has a full-body capture that provides 100 percent patient security.
  • is suited for all rescue scenarios, including high angle and rapid rescues.
  • accommodates patients up to 400 pounds. A minimum weight of 35-lbs is necessary to keep it manageable in the rotor wash.  
  • has an empty harness and bag weight of just under eight pounds.