The Marion Air Evac Lifeteam air ambulance crew recently held a helicopter safety and landing zone class for the members of the Buncombe Fire Department, Cypress Fire Department, and other first responders. Pilot Greg Omernik, flight nurse John Larrison and flight paramedic Todd Test conducted the training. The class included instruction on interacting safely with helicopters, selecting landing zone sites, guiding the helicopter to the ground and patient loading.
“This class gave us a perfect opportunity to educate these first responders about what Air Evac does and how we work with other responders at the scenes of medical emergencies,” Omernik said. “Landing zone classes are very important because we want everyone involved in an emergency response to be safe around the helicopter.”
The Marion Air Evac Lifeteam base, located at 9842 Old Bainbridge Trail, began operations in July 2003. The base serves hospitals and communities within a 70-mile radius. Crews, which include a pilot, nurse and paramedic, can fly directly to the scenes of medical emergencies or make hospital transfers.
Air Evac Lifeteam, an air ambulance service that provides emergency health care and rapid medical transport to medically underserved communities throughout the central United States, routinely provides training for emergency service agencies in the areas they serve. The company currently operates 114 air ambulance bases in 15 states.