Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Lakeside Firefighters Train with Mercy Air 6

Blossom Valley, CA - 

The flight crew from Mercy Air 6 made a short trip from their base at Gillespie Field in El Cajon to the Little League ballfields in Blossom Valley to provide some in-service training for Lakeside firefighters. The pilot, flight nurse, and flight physician gave an orientation to their new aircraft (a Eurocopter EC-135 P2), and reviewed operational guidelines when utilizing an aeromedical transport resource. In Lakeside, firefighters utilize Mercy Air several times every year, usually for remote calls or other circumstances where rapid transport is a priority. Other agencies attending this training included CalFire and Viejas Fire.

Firefighters meet the crew from Mercy Air 6.

The flight nurse reviews patient-loading procedures.

Mercy Air 6 heads back to Gillespie Field.

Story and photos by: Captain Scott Culkin, Lakeside Fire District

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