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  • lifeflight/air med-vac

    just wonderin, how many of yall assist on life flight or some fom of air med-vac. we have a landin field less than half a mile from the station so we're there evrytime!

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    Like omg omg !!!!!!
    Even the burger-flippers at McDonald's probably have some McWackers.

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    • #3
      We land the helicopter anywhere we can. Most of the time is on the major highway that runs throught our town.

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      • #4
        we dont have one

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        • #5
          Originally posted by nmfire View Post
          Like omg omg !!!!!!

          My thoughts exactly.

          We do not land the medical helicopter on calls, but we have at drills and other functions. We also land it anywhere we can; parking lots, interstates (if its already shut down for an MVA), sports fields, etc.
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          • #6
            we have pre detirmine dsposts throgught our coverage area, I thinks theres like 10

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            • #7
              Originally posted by jrfirefighter23 View Post
              we have pre detirmine dsposts throgught our coverage area, I thinks theres like 10
              I think that translated roughly into:

              "Our agency has pre-determined landing zones within our area of coverage. I cannot recall for sure, but I think there approximately ten of them."

              Someone double-check my translation, please.
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              • #8
                Med-evac in the hizzzz-ouse!
                Even the burger-flippers at McDonald's probably have some McWackers.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by jrfirefighter23 View Post
                  we have pre detirmine dsposts throgught our coverage area, I thinks theres like 10
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                  • #10
                    It is a helicopter it can land just about anywhere and hover. Which is why I think they should incorperate hoists into medivac helis like the Coast Guards. That way you don't need to land. Though hovering is a pain in the as$.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by t0asty View Post
                      It is a helicopter it can land just about anywhere and hover. Which is why I think they should incorperate hoists into medivac helis like the Coast Guards. That way you don't need to land. Though hovering is a pain in the as$.
                      *LOL* And I suppose you speak from experience on that last sentence? Perhaps as an Army or Coast Guard Rotary Wing Aviator?

                      I didn't think so either.

                      The military has specialized equipment and tactics because of the unique tactical nature of military CASEVAC ops (also: MEDEVAC refers to non-traumatic aeromedical operations, CASEVAC refers to traumatic casualty evacuation).
                      The USCG and USN (I'm guessin you just saw The Guardian) have and use hoists and rescue swimmers simply because helicopters can't "land" on water (excepting certain ones--I believe the old SH-3 Sea Kings could do a reasonably good imitation of "landing" on water...I doubt an SH/MH-60 SeaHawk/PaveHawk could, though), therefore the only way to extract someone from the ocean is via dropping a line and hoisting them from the sea.

                      Likewise in the thick jungle, a special, weighted rescue rig was dropped from above treetop level to extract downed pilots, since the helo couldn't land through the trees.

                      For flatland operation, the preferred method is the usual one: land the helo on the ground and load the patient. This method is even preferred by the military... Army Air Ambulance Companies and Air Force Rescue Wings use it for flatland ops as well.

                      Don't make things more complicated than they need to be.
                      My opinions might coincide with someone of importance's POV... I wouldn't know, since I never bothered to ask. My policy is: "Don't ask, don't care."

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                      • #12
                        Our choppers will land anywhere, fields, roads, parking lots. If its clear, they will land in it. And yeah, the department "helps" them land, ussually by designating an LZ with strobes.

                        And calm down, landing a chopper is just not that exciting, unless you lose your Lid like i almost did once.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by t0asty View Post
                          It is a helicopter it can land just about anywhere and hover. Which is why I think they should incorperate hoists into medivac helis like the Coast Guards. That way you don't need to land. Though hovering is a pain in the as$.
                          The enlightened one speaks....
                          Even the burger-flippers at McDonald's probably have some McWackers.

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                          • #14
                            HAHA

                            BTW, some medevac choppers DO have winches on them.
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                            • #15
                              I like helicopters myself. But please keep in mind that life flights, more than anything else we do in the fire service, even dwelling fires, mean that someone is having the worst day of their life.

                              So keeping a lid on your enthusiasm would be a good thing.

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