Paramedic

February 8, 2008 - 10:43am

Eurocopter BK 117C1, Whittier, Alaska, Dec. 3, 2007–The commercial pilot, paramedic and patient are missing after the crash of the EMS helicopter into the ocean three miles from Whittier. The body of the flight nurse was found. The helicopter, which has not been located, was operated by Evergreen Alaska Helicopters, under contract to Lifeguard. Weather was IMC and the pilot was giving position reports every 10 minutes.

February 5, 2008 - 4:45am

The New Jersey State Police (NJSP) aviation unit this spring reached a milestone of successfully flying 25,000 accident-free medevac flights since the program began in 1969. The current NJSP fleet includes four Sikorsky S-76B aeromedical critical-care configured helicopters, which in 2002 transported 1,400 patients, conducted 70 search-and-rescue flights and performed 60 first-responder educational demonstration sessions.

February 5, 2008 - 4:45am

The New Jersey State Police (NJSP) aviation unit this spring reached a milestone of successfully flying 25,000 accident-free medevac flights since the program began in 1969. The current NJSP fleet includes four Sikorsky S-76B aeromedical critical-care configured helicopters, which in 2002 transported 1,400 patients, conducted 70 search-and-rescue flights and performed 60 first-responder educational demonstration sessions.

November 27, 2007 - 6:40am

The sole survivor of the August 10 crash of a Grand Canyon air-tour Papillon AS 350B2 (see story on page 134) told attending paramedics that the helicopter “got quiet and fell from the sky,” according to the NTSB preliminary report. In response to a paramedic’s question, “Was the engine running?” the passenger said, “No, not at the end.” The investigation continues, and detailed examinations of the engine and airframe systems are planned.↧

October 9, 2007 - 4:13am

Bell Helicopter must face trial over the deaths of three paramedics killed in a 1998 helicopter crash in Los Angeles, after the California Supreme Court declined to hear the company’s appeal. The widows of the paramedics sued Bell, claiming that the crash was caused by a defective tail-rotor yoke that broke as the helicopter was trying to transport an injured child to a hospital. The child also died.

October 8, 2007 - 10:39am

“One last thing. Delay taking your breath until the water reaches your waist, then follow the procedure the way we briefed,” said Survival Systems training coordinator Bobbi Lytle as we hung by a cable above the water in a big, blue “pretend” aircraft. I was strapped in the front seat with a four-point harness. At the command, “Ditching! Ditching!

October 8, 2007 - 6:37am

German air rescue operator DRF (Deutsche Rettungsflugwacht) is to fly cross-border aeromedical missions into Denmark. Later this year, a DRF BK117 will be stationed in the north German village of Niebüll (in the province of Schleswig- Holstein), some 15 miles from the border and close enough to reach emergencies 25 miles into southern Denmark.

March 26, 2007 - 12:29pm

Jeff Hensel leaves the same voicemail every July 23. “Today is the anniversary of my accident,” the 25-year-old Northern Illinois resident reminds people, as if those listening might actually forget that day in 1999 when his car slammed into a tree. “If it weren’t for Flight For Life and a lot of people who took care of me, I would not be here today.”

February 2, 2007 - 8:50am

Southwest Nebraska will receive its first-ever air ambulance in May–a Bell 407 operated by MedStar. Under current arrangements, hospitals or EMS agencies have to summon airborne services that are based nearly 100 miles away. The new flight service will be permanently based at McCook, Neb.

October 30, 2006 - 4:52am

Deutsche Rettungsflugwacht e.V.–German Air Rescue (DRF), headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany, has been specializing in airborne emergency care and medical aid for more than 30 years. Founded by the Björn Steiger Foundation in 1972, DRF has become one of the leading air rescue services in Europe, providing both primary (emergency) and secondary (patient transport) rescue service from 32 bases of operations throughout the continent.

 
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