Lower Southampton Fire Department

Trainging for the worst


Thursday, July 31, 2014 The LSFD would like to thank JeffSTAT 1 for coming out this evening to assist in our training. The Members had a classroom presentation on the do's and don'ts of setting up a landing zone for a medevac chopper. After that, they all went out, set up the landing zone and used radios to land the chopper. Many good lessons were learned today and some that were unexpected.

To share in those lessons; when you see a medivac chopper coming in, never run to it. That is a key for the pilot to abort all actions and climb to a safe altitude and wait for the all clear to come in. Never approach the chopper without having eye contact with one of the crew and being signaled that it is OK. There are a lot of delicate parts on the aircraft that you can damage easily, not to mention the dangerous areas that can be fatal. When it comes to landing the chopper, let the Fire Department, or another emergency service team, manage the landing. We have been trained for it and can signal each other when needed. If you "jump in to help" it could hinder our operations. 

As you can see, there is not a lot of room in these aircrafts. They are built for a purpose, and that is to take one seriously injured person to a facility that can possibly save his or her life. If you have a loved one that is in need of their services, please let the crew do their job. Do to the limited space, taking another person along is most times not an option, if it is a child, one parent may be allowed along, but do not expect it. Ask if you can, but understand if you are told no. 

This was a GREAT training and everyone came away with a lesson learned, those mentioned above are only a few of them.