Proper preparation and control of landing zones is critical to the safe execution of a Mercy Flight mission. We depend upon our police, fire and EMS partners to identify and secure safe landing sites, notify the Mercy Flight crew of any relevant hazards, prepare the patient for transport and assist in loading the helicopter. Mercy Flight Western New York provides ground school training to any public safety or EMS organization.
This interactive session includes discussion regarding utilization, notification procedures, response information, patient preparation, landing zone selection, communications with the aircraft and safety rules.
Upon completion of the course, dependent on aircraft availability and weather, we will conduct a live practice session of skills learned in the classroom portion. This time also allows members of your agency to view the helicopter up close and meet the crew.
Participants in this course will receive reflective helmet stickers and a certificate that identify they have completed this course. This allows the medical crew to select these trained individuals for required safety positions on scene. Additionally, participants may be able to receive continuing education or training credit if approved by the agency Training Officer.
There is no limit to the number of training sessions an agency can request. We recommend if your agency is willing to host a training, to include neighboring agencies.