The Harlan Air Evac Lifeteam air ambulance crew recently held a helicopter safety and landing zone class for members of the Jonesville, Va. Fire Department and the Jonesville Rescue Squad. The class included instruction on interacting safely with helicopters, selecting landing zone sites, guiding the helicopter to the ground and patient loading. Base Pilot Supervisor Bradley Childress taught the class. He was assisted by flight paramedic Morgan Beverly and flight nurse Ashley Gibson.
“This class gave us a perfect opportunity to educate the first responders about what Air Evac does and how we work with other responders at the scenes of medical emergencies,” Childress said. “Landing zone classes are very important because we want everyone involved in an emergency response to be safe around the helicopter.”
The Harlan Air Evac Lifeteam base, located at 155 Ball Park Road in Harlan, began operations in July 2009 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 Lifeteam, an air ambulance service that provides emergency health care and rapid medical transport to medically underserved communities throughout the central United States, routinely provides training for emergency service agencies in the areas it serves. The company currently operates 113 air ambulance bases in 15 states.
For more information about Air Evac Lifeteam services, please visitwww.lifeteam.net