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Helicopter shopping is a dirty little secret in Emergency Medical Services (EMS). A taboo event everybody knows happens, but nobody ever talks about. As operators, lets do more than bury our heads in the sand and attend more memorial services. “Poor aircrew (insert name here), if only they knew about the first three weather turn downs….” Together, lets make a concerted effort to never hear those words.
A few days ago, after finishing my workout, I went to a small diner and ate three steak sandwiches. After that, I was overcome with the desire to hurt somebody. I mean bloody their nose, blacken their eyes and kick them in the balls.
—6 Ways to Fly Strong in An Air Medical World Full of Dumb. For you, flying air medical is about patient care and job satisfaction, right? But it’s completely different for people with no skin in the game. For helicopter companies and health systems, it’s about the money. Is that too much reality for you? Because if it is, you’re doing the wrong job. And you should do something else right away.
An Open Letter To EMS Who Want To Fly. It hurts me to write this. For years, I’ve been the “EMS fly guy.” Not only because I’m good at getting people hired, but because it’s the number one question on the top of every paramedic, pilot and nurse’s mind: “How do I get paid to fly on a trauma helicopter?”
Never heard of it, right? You might even think I’m pulling your leg. Honestly, I wish I was. I wish this entire post was just a tasteless joke written for my own amusement. But it’s not. The truth is Small Landing Zone Syndrome is real, although I’m just now coining the term.