Gearing up

PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - The Reservists of the 920th Rescue Wing are directly involved with all shuttle launches to provide an array of live-saving duties in all types of situations. Here their skills are necessary to save an astronaut's life if there was an emergency and the astronaut had to bail out of the shuttle - over the land or sea. The HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopters are outfitted like a flying ambulance complete with pararescuemen (PJs) and flight doctors. The PJs are trained to resuce in many different environments; water, mountain, desert, urban, etc. The reservists who work as maintainers and life support are just as essential in the rescue efforts - it is a combined team effort to be available and able to save lives. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Master Sgt. Rob Grande)

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