Air medical transport company Med-Trans Corporation has opened a new AeroCare medical helicopter base in Plainview, Texas
Stand-off over rescue services in California
The California Office of Emergency Services is to settle a dispute between the Orange County Fire Authority and the Sheriff’s Department, both of which are responding to calls for emergency medical assistance and evacuation in the region. Although there has been as many as 40 meetings between the two organisations in an effort to mediate the dispute and come up with a resolution as to which one responds to calls for air rescue services, these have been unsuccessful, hence the move to call in the Office of Emergency Services.
Helicopter teams from both the Sheriff’s Department and the Fire Authority have been responding to rescue scenes, and arguments over which one has jurisdiction have occurred both over the radio and face to face – at times, allege certain reports, while patients were left unattended, and in one case, where officers from one organisation attempted to ‘snatch’ a patient on a stretcher from members of another team. Orange County Supervisor Shawn Nelson is quoted as saying that recent incidents in which helicopters from the Fire Authority and Sheriff’s Department flew very close to one another were ‘so far outside of the realm of acceptable that somebody needs their licence taken now’, adding that it was not unlike a ‘game of airborne chicken’.
The Office of the Secretary of Defense has named Davis-Monthan Air Force Base the top base in the Air Force for the second time in six years
Swiss air ambulance operator Air Zermatt has celebrated its 50th year of operation with the delivery of a brand new Bell 429 helicopter.
Safran Helicopter Engines has announced that it has made two senior management appointments.
A firefighter from Bernalillo County Fire Department, US, helped to save two hikes and their incapacitated dog using his own personal drone.