Preparing for the worst
The Lewisburg Air Evac Lifeteam air ambulance crew recently conducted a helicopter safety and landing zone class for the members of the Berlin Volunteer Fire Department.
The class included instruction on interacting safely with helicopters, selecting landing zone sites, guiding the helicopter to the ground and patient loading.
"This class gave us a perfect opportunity to educate these individuals about what Air Evac does and how we work with other responders at the scenes of medical emergencies," explained Pilot Supervisor Eddie Stahl. "Landing zone classes are very important because we want everyone involved in an emergency response to be safe around the helicopter.
"By demonstrating and explaining how the helicopter operates, we lessen fears and heighten awareness, which allows us to make flights directly to the scenes of medical emergencies, decreasing the amount of time it takes for residents of surrounding communities to receive critical, life-saving care," he added.
The Lewisburg Air Evac Lifeteam base, located at Ellington Airport, began operations in March 1999 and serves hospitals and communities within a 70-mile radius. Crews, which include a pilot, nurse and paramedic, can fly directly to the scenes of medical emergencies or make hospital transfers.
Air Evac operates more than 74 mutually supporting air medical bases across 12 states. For more information about Air Evac Lifeteam memberships, call David Copeland at 931-359-7875 or visit www.lifeteam.net.