PDT Staff Writer
The Healthnet 4 / Medflight 7 air base located at 7106 Big Bear Creek Road in Lucasville recently received a new and larger helicopter to serve the air medical needs of the community.
“The new ride we got is an American Eurocopter EC130. It’s got all of the latest bells and whistles on it and it’s been in service for almost two weeks now,” said Jeff Hall, a flight paramedic with Healthnet 4 / Medflight 7 for nearly the last five years.
He said the base received the helicopter because they were due for an upgrade.
“With this new helicopter we have quite a bit more room. It came equipped with all of the latest in safety technology. It also has wire strike capabilities, incase we get into service wires,” Hall said. “It’s got autopilot so, if we run into inadvertent weather this has the capabilities to bring us to where we need to land at an airport or a secure area.”
He said the previous helicopter has autopilot but does not have everything the new one is equipped with.
When asked what this new helicopter will mean to the patient or the people of the area, Hall said “this is going to be a better system for everyone in the area.”
He said in 2012 the Lucasville base done nearly 400 flights and this time of year is typically very busy for the base.
“This time of year is trauma season, where we will be a lot more utilized,” Hall said.
When asked what type of accidents or scenes they are most called out to he said. “we do a lot of inter-facilities compared to scene flights. We do respond to SUV accidents, car wrecks and many other scenes in the area.”
As far as a coverage area is concerned, he said they will respond to a scene in which they are the nearest responding aircraft.
When asked about a typical day Hall said there is not one. “in this business there is not really a typical day. You may sit here and not receive a call or like the other day 7:45 a.m. we lifted and we were going till 8:30 p.m. that night.”
There are eight full time employees that work out of the Lucasville base, not counting the pilots and mechanics. Hall sad there are some part time employees that work at the base as well.
“Our number one goal of this base is safety. The first and foremost, we go home at the end of the shift. The biggest thing we strive on is our safety record,” Hall said. “We are here for the community. We are here for one reason, to transport the sick and injured in southern Ohio.”
Hall said most of the employees at the base, live in Scioto County. Hall said he’s in EMS in Scioto County for over 20 years and helps out in Minford and Porter Townships.
He said in addition to all of this they offer from time to time classes for area firefighters and other groups.
The base recently offered its Fifth Annual Tri-State Fire/EMS Education Day at Shawnee State University. The conference saw roughly 120 participates from three different states.
For more information about the Healthnet4/Medflight 7 Lucasville base visit them on Facebook or call 740-259-0197.
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