REACH Air Medical provides critical services in times of need

FIFTH. FIRST RESPONDERS HAVE TO CONSTANTLY TRAIN TO PROVIDE THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF CARE IN THE MOST CRITICAL SITUATIONS… M-T-N’S LINDSEY FORD WITNESSED FIRST HAND WHAT THAT TRAINING ENTAILS DURING A SIMULATION WITH CREWS ON THE GROUND… AND IN THE AIR. TAKE PKG: X2:35 OC..SOC. WHEN REACH AIR MEDICAL SERVICES’ TEAMHEARS THIS SOUND… (TAKE NAT…REACH AIR ALARM RINGING, DISBATCHER) THEY RACE TO HELICOPTER TO RESPOND TO AN EMERGENCY… CRYSTAL KNUTSON, “THE MOMENT THE TONE GOES OFF MY PARTNER AND MY PILOT AND I ARE THINKING SAFETY FIRST.” BEFORE THE HELICOPTER LEAVES THE GROUND… THE TEAM CHECKSWEATHER CONDITIONS, EQUIPMENT… CRYSTAL KNUTSON,”MY PARTNER AND I STRATEGIZE ABOUT WHAT WE’RE GOING TO NEED ON SCENE AND HOW WE ARE GOING TO RUN THE SCENE.” CRYSTAL IS A FLIGHT PARAMEDIC WITH REACH AIR MEDICAL SERVICES, SHE’S BEEN FLYING FOR 3 1/2 YEARS AND HAS WORKED AS A PARAMEDIC FOR 17 YEARS. IN WEDNESDAY’S SIMULATION… FIREFIGHTERS ARE ALREADY ON THE SCENE… STABILIZING THE PATIENT. IN ARURAL STATE LIKE MONTANA… TIME IS CRITICAL… SOMETIMES THE NEAREST HOSPITAL IS HOURS AWAY. CRYSTAL KNUTSON, “TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE BECAUSE IT TAKES SO LONG FOR THEM TO GET TO THOSE PATIENTS WHERE WE CAN GET THERE IN A FASTLY TIMELY MANNER.” LINDSEY FORD STANDNUP,”IN THIS JOB TIME IS CRUCIAL, LIFE OR DEATH, IT BOILS DOWN TO FIRST RESPONDERS ONLY HAVING A MATTER OF SECONDS TO SAFELY AIRLIFT THE PATIENT.” BRAD SMITH, YORK VOLUNTEER FIRE FIGHTER, “DON’T SCREW UP I TRY TO REMEMBER ALL THE THINGS THAT I’VE BEEN TRAINED AND TRY TO BE AS HELPFUL TO THE TEAM AS HUMANELY POSSIBLE AND KEEP THAT PATIENT SAFE.” BRAD SMITH IS FIREFIGHTER WITH YORK FIRE… HE SAYS FIRST RESPONDERS NEED TO BE FOCUSED AT ALL TIMES. AIR CREWS AND GROUND CREWS NEED TOACT AS ONE. BRAD SMITH, YORK VOLUNTEER FIRE FIGHTER, “MANY MORE EYES ARE ON THE SCENE KEEPING WATCH ON THINGS THAT ONE PERSON MIGHT NOT CATCH AND MORE KNOWLEDGE BASE WITH ALL THOSE PEOPLE, THE MORE PEOPLE THE BETTER.” HELENA DOESN’T HAVE A LEVEL 1 OR 2 TRAUMA CENTER, SO WHEN AIR MEDICAL IS REQUESTED…ITS SERIOUS. TRAVIS WEISS, “AND ITS REALLY CRITICAL IN FLIGHT THAT YOU STAY 10-12 STEPS AHEAD OF WHATEVER DISEASE PROCESS OR TRAUMA THATS GOING ON WE ALWAYS TRY TO PLAN OUT A FEW STEPS AHEAD OF TIME”. THE H-125 EURO-COPTER CAN GO 150MPH, HOLDS 147-GALLONS OF FUEL… IT CAN REACHHELP PATIENT REACH MAJOR HOSPITALS IN PLACES LIKE SALT LAKE CITY, OR SEATTLE, SO THEY RECEIVE THE LIFE SAVINGCARE THEY NEED. TRAVIS WEISS,”AND ITS JUST DIFFERENT FROMSITTING IN A BED WHERE IN A BED IN THE ARE AT 24,000FT WITH THIS ONE FLYING SOMEWHERE SO WE HAVE TO HAVE OUR DUCKS IN THE ROW.” TRAVIS WEISS, AN R-N AND C-C-R-N FLIGHT NURSE FOR REACH AIR MEDICAL SERVICES… HE SAYS HIS JOB IS FULFILLING, AS ITS AN OPPORTUNITY TO SAVE LIVES EVERY DAY. TRAVIS WEISS,”OFTEN TIME WE SEE OUR PATIENTS AGAIN SEE HOW WELL THEY DO THE STOP BYOR RUN IN AROUND TOWN AND ITS NICE TO GET THAT CONTACT AND CLOSURE WITH THEM.” CRYSTAL KNUTSON, “I’M JUST BLESSED TO DO WHAT I LOVE TO DO AND TO FLY IN THIS BEAUTIFUL STATE AND HELP PEOPLE WHO ARE CRITICALLY INJURED OR SICK.” IN HELENA, LINDSEY FORD MTN NEWS HELENA.

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