Helicopter Landing and Safety – Palm Beach

Report
Trauma Hawk
Helicopter Orientation
2012
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Flight Team
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Health Care District:
– Pilots – One or two pilots depending on the shift
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Palm Beach County Fire Rescue
– Paramedics – Full Time and Relief
– Nurse/Paramedics – Full Time and Relief
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Support Team
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Health Care District
– Director/Chief Pilot
– Instructor Pilot
– Maintenance Director, Avionics Technician and 2 Mechanics
– Billing Coordinator
– Administrative Assistant
– Facility Maintenance Technician
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Palm Beach County Fire Rescue
– PBFR Special Operations
– Medical Director
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Pilot Credentials and Training
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Pilots –
– Airline Transport and Commercial Rating
– Certified Flight Instructor/Instrument Instructor rating
– Bi-annual FAA flight checks
– Bi annual flight training in full-motion simulators
– Annual FAA medical exams
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Medical Crew Credentials
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Florida Certified Paramedics
Florida Licensed Registered Nurses
Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
Trauma Nurse Core Curriculum (TNCC)
Certified Flight Registered Nurse (CFRN)
Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
International Trauma Life Support (ITLS)
Advanced Airway Management
Clinical Rotation at Trauma Center
Minimum 4100 hours of Critical Care or Emergency Room Nursing
Experience
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Aircraft Service Hours & Schedule
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24/7 - 365 days per year
12 hour shifts
1st Aircraft 24 hours a day (2 shifts 7am & 7pm)
2nd Aircraft 12 hours per day (12 noon to 12
midnight)
Area of Service
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Additional Responsibilities
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Train Ground Crew Providers
Educate the Community
Support other District Departments
Participate in numerous Aeromedical organizations, advisory
Groups and Advisory Councils
Minimum Landing Zone Size:
120 Feet x 120 Feet
Tree
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Powerlines
Note:
Look around LZ for
obstacles outside of the
surface area.
LZ Prep Considerations
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Identifying obstacles
Notify flight crew of all
obstacles
Stopping traffic including
emergency & law
enforcement vehicles
Remove all loose debris
from site (i.e. construction
material)
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Stopping traffic
Single direction
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Stopping traffic
Single direction
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Construction zone
Removing debris
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Stopping traffic
Both directions
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Communication limitations
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Proprietary systems that are not integrated (different terminology
or data dictionary).
Typically, most agencies purchase communication systems to
serve their internal communication needs.
Frequently, the systems are proprietary and not readily integrate
with other agencies.
Communications
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Trauma Hawk Tactical Communications
– Palm Beach County Fire Rescue
– State Mutual Aid 800mhz
– LE Common & FR Common 800mhz
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Multi agency LZ support (State Police, Sheriff, Fire Rescue)
Trauma Hawk has limited communications beyond Fire
Rescue
Communications
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Maintain two-way communications with the aircraft during
the entire operation.
Notify flight crew of any pertinent information related to the
LZ.
Expect the pilot to notify you if he intends to land or
reposition the aircraft in a location other than what was
designated.
Be prepared to give the abort command should the LZ
become unsafe during final approach.
Keep all communications brief and concise.
Looking forward
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Future Emergency Helistops
Integrated Landing Zone training (law enforcement & TIM)
Integrate and Improve radio communications
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