Please do not be offended by the title...I could foresee someone getting their panties in a wad! Other than Travis County, TX, are there any other programs in the US that operate in a rescue capacity such as hoist rescue and staff nurses?
True "medevac" Programs?
Posted 08 October 2017 - 04:57 PM
In Southern California the Ventura County Sheriff's Department staffs with either medics or RN's on their helicopters as an Air Rescue aircraft. These helicopters use a crew of four; pilot, crew chief/observer up front and a crew chief and medical person in back. The medic or RN and sometimes physicians are not paid. They serve as part of Search and Rescue volunteers as a non-sworn reserve . The medics and RN's work from the same EMS protocols.
The ships have 600 ft hoists but we restrict use to 300 ft., primarily for reasons doing with center of gravity. In reality most hoists are done in a 40-75 ft range which can vary based on situation and circumstances.
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