THE CASE FOR HELICOPTERS AND INTEGRATED COMMUNICATIONS IN BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA: LESSONS LEARNED FROM THE FLOODS OF 2014.

Amer Smailbegović, Nedžad Korajlić, Jasmin Ahić

Abstract


Every year Bosnia-Herzegovina is affected by the various incidents of inclement weather, floods or other natural disasters requiring helicopter support and evacuation. Besides BH Armed Forces, the availability of multirole search-and-rescue helicopters is almost non-existent. Coupled with the aging of current communication systems and lack of integrated communications and other support systems, Bosnia-
Herzegovina should seriously consider allocating the necessary resources to create a dedicated helicopter rescue force and improve the state and interoperability of its communications systems.


Keywords


Emergency response; Helicopter; Reconnaissance; Rescue; Communications

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