Helicopter Training for Area Emergency Personnel
Lexington’s Volunteer Fire Department hosted a helicopter training session last Monday night; however, at the start of the class, word was received that the helicopter would not be able to land in Lexington because they were headed to an emergency in Houston.
There were 30 people in attendance from the Lexington Volunteer Fire Department, Tanglewood VFD, Fedor VFD, Blue VFD, Lexington Emergency Medical Services and the Lexington Police Department.
The training class was led by Brenda Powell, a Flight Nurse for PHI Air Medical based in Cedar Creek, Texas. The topics she covered included the types of helicopters utilized by area air medical providers; the type of patients that benefit from air medical transport, landing zone preparation and minimum dimensions; hazmat materials; ground safety; crowd control; aircraft departure; weather conditions, and the PHI commitment.
Another class is to be planned in order to reschedule the landing of the helicopter so that local departments will be able to experience the helicopter landing and get a tour of it. This type of class is hosted by the Lexington VFD on an annual basis.