The Landing Zone Crew


The Landing Zone Crew

Discussing Setting up Landing Zones for Medical helicopters

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Comment by Michael Moran on January 29, 2011 at 10:10pm
Sounds like this call easily could have been worse. I had been thinking about it recently and may have to start a thread on use of snowplows or unconvential transport/support vehicles during the winter. I already had to help free one ambulance from a snowbank this winter after it went off the road and got stuck. Out of curiosity, do you carry any kind of snow shovels or anything on your rigs in case they get stuck, or salt, sand, kitty litter, etc? Is there an SOP for vehicles stuck in the snow, or has anyone given any thought to one of the members with a plow responding to the scene and clearing an access?
Back on LZs, have pre-planned LZs is a very good idea, especially in the winter. Do you carry goggles for when you are working with the birds? One of the biggest problems I have in the field is dirt or snow in the eyes, helmet shield or not. I carry a pair of military issue Sun Wind Dust goggles just for working with the helos.
Comment by Michael Moran on January 29, 2011 at 8:50pm
Never a good thing, Ralph. Did you have to bring in one or two birds? Did you have to clear snow for them to land, find an area where the snow was already to a managable depth, or do you just not have as much snow to enjoy as some areas? I know some crews in the winter want you to measure the snow depth on the LZ, others want a clear parking lot or other clear area, and some of the ex-combat pilots don't seen concerned with depth on the ground.
We had the U of M at the local hospital the other day for a transfer. They unloaded crew engines running, then the pilot went to the local airport, probably for a bit of fuel. I am also working on coordinating a training with South Bend Memorial Medflight for some of the new EMTs in the area. I will post pictures if I can get some and share the latest LZ thoughts from some of the flight crews.
Be safe!
Comment by Michael Moran on December 2, 2010 at 3:22pm
Nice pictures Ralph! I really like the U ofM pictures. We see them a lot down here doing transports from the local hosptial.

Comment by Cindy Boeing on November 26, 2010 at 2:24am
Thanks Chief. Thanksgiving 2010
Comment by Fred Eppinger on July 10, 2010 at 1:30am
Chief France, thanks for the invite. Where I served in Toms River, NJ we were handled by State Police Helocopters and we communicated with them via the SPEN Network. At that time there were I think 4 SPEN Channels we could talk to the State Police or the helos on. The LZ crews had ro take a seminar to work the LZ, it was put on by the State Police Flight Crews.
Comment by Dolph Holmes on July 5, 2010 at 7:38pm
Thanks for the invite. In Maine we have Lifeflight who has two hospital based helos. Every now and then NH's DART will come over to assist.
I have done some training with them and they are a good bunch!
Comment by Holly on June 27, 2010 at 10:58am
Thanks for the invite Chief.
Comment by Crystal Hamlin on June 23, 2010 at 11:24pm
Chief Mike, thanks for the invite
Comment by Rossi Paloma on June 22, 2010 at 9:10pm
Chief Mike...thanks for the invite.
Comment by Kim Williams on June 22, 2010 at 4:46am
in South Africa there is so much time wasted in trying to despatch a chopper with all the red tape, most of the time its quicker just to load the patient, intubate and treat on route in the back of the ambulance. most of the chopper services are private so they dont like to fly patients you dont have medical aid!!!

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