About 30 volunteer firefighters attended a Landing Zone Class on Saturday, May 5, taught by LifeNet and Air-Evac. The class included instruction on how to setup a safe landing zone for a medical helicopter, how to identify hazards in a landing zone, and the types of injuries and illnesses that are better suited for air medical transport.
The class was taught in the the Avery ISD cafeteria and included a fly-in of the LifeNet Air medical helicopter in the parking lot, where attendees had the opportunity to receive instruction from LifeNet’s medical flight crew.
Firefighters representing Avery VFD, Bogata Fire & Rescue, Annona VFD, Boxelder VFD, Clarksville VFD, Detroit VFD, and Northwoods VFD attended the class that was taught by Shon Matthews, Operations Manager for LifeNet, and Justin Kinkade, Program Director for Air Evac 129.
“Volunteer fire department members and first responders often establish landing zones for our helicopter at motor vehicle accident scenes and other emergency responses, and we appreciate everything they do for us on scene,” said Matthews.
The training session was coordinated by Phyllis Parker Stanley with the Avery Volunteer Fire Department.