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Re: Prisoner Transports

We have two prisons and a third soon to be online in our area. We have frequent flights from the prison due to stabbings and other assaults. Our pilots have control over who flies based on weight parameters and weather conditions. We have a standing agreement with the institutions that the smallest, lightest guard will be dispatched with the patient...this usually works out fine. Otherwise we have ground and fixed at our disposal and if need be a nurse can transport with our ground unit.
The prisoner is always required to have a guard in attendance, armed! If this is not possible and no means of transport is available I am certain the prison authorities would let the prisoner die in the infirmery. It takes longer to pass in and out of security that it does to assess, treat and package the patient for transport.
We fly an A-Star210B and a Cessna 421.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, July 04, 2003 10:25 AM
Subject: Prisoner Transports

I'm not sure if this topic has been covered but, " what are your policies on transporting prisoners in an helicopter with limited seating?" We have three seats in our EC135, one for the pilot and two for the flightcrew. 
The issues we are facing are:
Does a corrections officer have to fly with the patient?
If not, What security measures are in place at the receiving hospital?
If there isn't room for an officer to ride along should you leave a crewmember behind?
Thanks in advance for your help.

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