By Diana Dickinson
Claremore's Air Evac Lifeteam provided annual training for the Claremore Fire Department this week focusing on setting up helicopter landing zones and safe approaches.
Air Evac Lifeteam program director Judy Dyke said the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems requires emergency responders to take the training for a number of safety reasons.
First, a class was held at the CFD Administration building and then firefighters got a closer look at the Air Evac helicopter after it landed at the Claremore Expo parking lot Thursday afternoon.
“We discussed landing zone dimensions, safe operations around a running aircraft, appropriate response to an aircraft emergency and how to load and unload a patient,” Dyke said.
There are more than 125 air medical bases in 15 states, where each Air Evac Lifeteam duty crew consists of one pilot, flight nurse, flight paramedic and mechanic.