Flightmed archive for June-2001
Flightmed archive for June-2001
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A reply for Kenneth Conn
I believe it was Abraham Lincoln who said something to this effect:
"The only thing worse than for people to think you are ignorant, is
to open your mouth and remove all doubt".
Glad to hear you're happy in your one month history with "Scare-Evac". My
lifelong friend and brilliant Respiratory Therapist Julie Huttegger, begs to
differ with you regarding Air Evac's safety commitment. Julie was killed in
her very first AND very last flight ever. Sadly, she too chose Air Evac
Lifeteam in Cape Girardeau, Missouri as her very first flight program. Ask
any one of your colleagues about this crash and perhaps talk to the pilot.
Sadly, he was the only survivor. Last I heard he was still too crippled to
pass his medical.
IT IS MY OPINION that the programs like Air Evac, (the ones that sell
"memberships"), put an incredible amount of pressure upon their pilots to
fly at all cost, even in less than ideal weather to preserve a client's
annual dues. Sadly, this pilot's decision to fly this night cost me and
numerous others much grief and the world a truly gifted Respiratory Care
If you think that I am just a disgruntled person getting vengeance you are
wrong. This is but ONE of Scare-Evac's numerous failures to maintain
altitude. I truly am concerned for your safety as you sound as if you are
new to this business. The one month of Air Evac's success in your eyes can
and will NEVER erase the long standing history the West Plains company has
been plagued with for years.
Yes, this is a fun and very rewarding career. But it IS NOT worth taking
risks to accomplish your mission. PERIOD.
I sincerely pray that you live long enough to realize the truth and I also
pray that you are not a husband nor a father.
>From: "Kenneth Conn" <email@example.com>
>Subject: Re: Air-Evac EMS
>Date: Fri, 8 Jun 2001 00:26:28 -0700
> I would like to express my opinion from an Air Evac employee
>I realize everyone is entitled to their own opinions. Rumors will always
>circulate but most are just that, rumors! I have been with the company
>a month and in that month I have seen a remarkable flight service. Before I
>took the position with Air Evac, which was also before they opened a base
>my area, I had interviewed with several other flight services. I had been
>gathering a lot of information on flight services when I heard that a new
>Air Evac base had opened in my area. I inquired about this new service and
>and was given information on applying to attend the Air Evac Academy in
>Plains, MO. I signed up and was accepted into the academy in April. They
>only accept about 16 people per class based on his/her qualifications. The
>academy lasted five days. These five days proved to be the most
>informative and fun classes of my entire EMS career. The instructors were
>exceptional. They covered everything from advanced airways to aircraft
>safety. This also included actual flying time, both day and night
>operations. After the academy, I knew that this was the flight service that
>I wanted to be affiliated with.
> Now that I am at my base, I see an inside view of what goes on. This
>company is extremely concerned with safety, education, and patient
>treatment/transport. We also have exceptional public relations and
>involvement. Just last shift, along with flying two patient missions, we
>also flew to two vacation bible school events. This was solely for the
>children's enjoyment and education. Where else can you do this type PR?
>Sure, we may not have the largest aircraft or the most expensive paint
>scheme. Guess what, though? They aren't able to set down at local events,
>at least not many, just for the publics knowledge and enjoyment.
> I am sorry for the long message. I just thought that this should be
>addressed on the flightweb to everyone since other comments were addressed
>to the whole. I would encourage everyone with questions to check out Air
>Evac's website. The address is www.air-evac.com This is an exceptional
>website and has information on the company and all the bases, along with
>information on training and requirements. Feel free to contact me also with
>questions. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org I will try my best to answer
>them or I will direct you to the appropriate person. Remember that we are
>all in this for the same reason. There are some really great flight
>out there, I just wanted to add Air Evac to the list.
>Eli Conn, B.S., CCEMT-P
>Air Evac Lifeteam
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