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#1 hpcfrn

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Posted 04 May 2009 - 03:01 PM

Would like to hear what assets folks have available in their geographic region for helicopter search and rescue. Who provides service, types of rescues that can be performed, clinical capabilities, etc. If no helicopter search and rescue is available in your area then what are your options?

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Howard Polden RN, CFRN, CMTE, NREMT
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Travis County STAR Flight
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Posted 04 May 2009 - 04:09 PM

Would like to hear what assets folks have available in their geographic region for helicopter search and rescue. Who provides service, types of rescues that can be performed, clinical capabilities, etc. If no helicopter search and rescue is available in your area then what are your options?

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Summit County Rescue Group, Summit County, Colorado. We have the ability to use Flight For Life. Lifeguard 2, it's based here in the county. We are also lucky enough to have a 'life ticket' program with them as well. Under the life ticket program they ferry us in if needed for some of our more remote rescues. I think the Sheriffs dept picks up the fuel bill for our time used.
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Posted 08 May 2009 - 07:19 PM

In North Central Florida, Helo SAR is done by law inforcement. Alachua and Marion County have a joint aviation task force. Once the person is found, if required, the victim may be medi-vac out by EMS helo's that cover the area.
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Posted 09 May 2009 - 04:47 PM

In Central CA SAR is done mostly by law enforcement. A couple sheriff's departments have helicopters that can do either hoist or lone-line extractions, but the crew members are either EMT-B's or only first aid qualified. We (CHP) are hoist equipted and can also do lone-line, helocast, one-skid type manuvers and fly with one paramedic on board. The 2 near-by national parks have their own contract helicopters they staff with park medics and do SAR, but they don't have hoists. They long-line alot of people but will call us if it needs to be a hoist.
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Posted 09 May 2009 - 06:07 PM

In Central CA SAR is done mostly by law enforcement. A couple sheriff's departments have helicopters that can do either hoist or lone-line extractions, but the crew members are either EMT-B's or only first aid qualified. We (CHP) are hoist equipted and can also do lone-line, helocast, one-skid type manuvers and fly with one paramedic on board. The 2 near-by national parks have their own contract helicopters they staff with park medics and do SAR, but they don't have hoists. They long-line alot of people but will call us if it needs to be a hoist.


CHP EMT-P: What is your crew configuration for hoist operations: who is hoist operator and who is rescuer? What platform are you flying in?

Thanks! Howard
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Posted 09 May 2009 - 06:45 PM

CHP EMT-P: What is your crew configuration for hoist operations: who is hoist operator and who is rescuer? What platform are you flying in?

Thanks! Howard


We only have a crew of 2 and fly in a A-star with the medic operating the hoist. If we have a second medic at the base we'll bring them if we know we're going on a hoist, but usually we will use either fire or other SAR personnel. Most of the time we do a hoist there are rescuers on the ground with the victim, so we typically don't have to insert anyone.
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