Cabin crew safety and emergency procedures
Most people’s perception of the cabin crew role is that they are there to serve coffee and refreshments to the passengers. Whilst there is some truth in this, the main part of their role is for safety. In fact, it is a legal requirement for the aircraft to be carrying a specific number of cabin crew on board at any one time. As a member of the cabin crew team for your selected airline you will be required to undergo rigorous safety training. In this article we will look at some of the more important procedures you need to learn in order to become cabin crew.
Even though some aircraft flights do not offer refreshments due to the short time-frame the aircraft is in the air, the aircraft will still carry cabin crew staff, simply for the purposes of safety. They are fully trained on what to do in the event of an emergency. Here is a breakdown of their main responsibilities during an emergency situation:
Aircraft Evacuation: Cabin crew are required to initiate a controlled evacuation of the aircraft if the pilot determines that evacuation is required. How they do this will be dependent on whether the evacuation takes place on land or sea.
Decompression: After aircraft cabin pressure is lost it is vital that passengers wear oxygen. Therefore, a thorough understanding and knowledge of working procedures of oxygen is known by all members of the cabin crew team.
Fire fighting: This is a vital cabin crew role and one that the pilot would not get involved in. There can be many different causes of fire on board an aircraft, including a fire in the ovens used by the cabin crew team. If there is a fire, the cabin crew would usually be left to deal with it whilst the pilot controls the aircraft.
Passenger management: This is a very important element of cabin crew safety procedures. Passenger management involves the requirement to keep all passengers safe, deal with boarding and disembarking procedures, deal with passenger complaints and also deal with unruly or drunken passengers. Safety of everyone is paramount at all time, especially when the aircraft is in the air.
Security related issues: This can involve a hijacking situation. If this type of situation occurs then cabin crew are expected to know how to deal with the occurrence. Full training is always provided.
Extraordinary situations: There can be many different types of situations where cabin crew are required to act using common-sense and safety initiative.
First Aid: Whilst travelling or flying at 35,000ft over the Atlantic Ocean there is no hospital or doctor to call on, unless of course there is one as part of the passenger group. Therefore, cabin crew are trained in basic first aid skills and they will usually be required to conduct initial first aid procedures. There is also the chance that a passenger may die whilst I flight or even go in to labour. If these extremes occur then it will be down to the cabin crew staff to act.
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