—And Why Should You Give A Crap About It?
Or, better yet…
How can it help you…do what you love?
Let me explain with a story.
I met a guy in a landing zone (LZ) once who had been a truck driver, a drug-dealer, and a preacher for the Jehovah’s Witnesses…
He emerged from the treeline next to the LZ — where I had landed the helicopter minutes earlier.
He marched right up to me, introduced himself and started telling me his life story. Not once did he ask about the helicopter or what I was doing there.
I listened to him and did my best to maintain a calm, collected, ready-for-anything Life Flight pilot exterior.
I wasn’t trying to impress the guy. I did it out of self-preservation and necessity.
The “preacher” and I were the only ones left in the LZ. Everyone else had already departed to get the patient. It was a very “deliverance-like” scene.
Internally, I was pretty concerned about who else might creep out of the treeline.
But the encounter ended uneventfully when my crew returned with ground EMS and the patient. Ten minutes later we were flying to the closest trauma center.
What’s The Point?
My point is the diversity of people you meet in EMS Flight Safety Network.
Flying Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) is like the bar scene in the original Star Wars movie. You get to see “all walks of life.”
On the same day, not long after touching down on the hospital rooftop, I listened to an emergency room doctor explain how he bought a Cherokee six airplane to fly his family back and forth from Martha’s Vineyard.
Later, a hospital security guard mentioned his son just started Army flight school, and the fuel guy shared his political advice with me.
Why does it matter?
It matters because people matter.
People are the common thread.
People make EMS Flight Safety Network…work.
The purpose of the network is a ground-up team approach to keeping air medical safe. Look at the list of EMS Flight Safety Network jobs and see where you fit in.
EMS Flight Safety Network Jobs
Here is a list of EMS Flight Safety Network jobs:
- Flight Nurse
- Flight Medic
- HEMS Pilot
- Trauma Doctor
- Hospital Security
- Respiratory Therapist
- Specialty Transport Teams
- Flight Communications Specialist
- Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Nurse
- Family & Friends Who Support These Professionals
In simplest terms, anyone who contributes to the safe outcome of an air medical flight is on the EMS Flight Safety Network Team.
No hidden agendas. No association dues. No pay to play.
Just great people doing great things. Period.
What Can EMS Flight Safety Network Do For You
The answer depends on your goals.
If you’re interested in scheduling a fly-along day…
I recommend the Fly Me Now Audio Course. It explains everything you need to know about how to schedule a fly-along day with your local air medical service.
The course is free with an Insider basic membership (also free). The Fly Me Now course is a great place to start if you’ve never flown before and just want to check things out.
On the far opposite end of the training spectrum…
Our top level training program includes three flights in a helicopter (or small plane) over real hospital helipads. You get to see and experience a landing zone briefing just like you would experience on a real air medical flight.
You ride up front with me, the pilot. It’s not free. It’s very expensive.
You can get the details here.
What If You Want To Stay Grounded
There’s actually more people in EMS Flight Safety Network who don’t fly, than do. At first this sounds counter-intuitive. But it’s not really. If you look at the job list above, it makes perfect sense.
The flight crews can’t take care of patients without the support of professional ground crews. It’s really that simple.
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What Other People Say
We’re blessed to have great people say really nice things about us.
Click on the video link to hear what Dr. Lisa Gibson has to say about EMS Flight Safety Network:
See what others have to say on our praise pages.
What’s On The Horizon
We’re excited to reveal the 4th edition of the Fly-Like-a-Girl Breast Cancer Awareness T-shirt next month. Here is a sneak peek:
Based on member feedback, we're rolling out The Tail Rotor Club membership, for ground professionals who want first dibs on t-shirts and gear designed especially for them. Join The Net Newsletter at the bottom of this page for more information about Tail Rotor Club.
The Bottom Line
However you decide to participate in EMS Flight Safety Network, we're honored to have you on the team.
You make a difference.
You are the NET that will catch us and keep us from becoming the next air medical statistic.
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