NEMSPA unveils med pilots’ credo

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The US National EMS Pilots Association (NEMSPA) unveiled its ‘Professional Air Medical Pilots Credo’ at the Air Medical Transport Conference. The Association said the credo was created in direct response to the National Transportation Safety Board’s Top-10 ‘Most Wanted List’ released on 23 June 2011. Number one on this year’s list was: “Promote pilot and air traffic controller professionalism.”

NEMSPA has identified 10 specific areas where an air medical pilot can have a ‘significant impact’ on professionalism and safety in their daily lives. Among the statements given are that professional air medical pilots will ‘always focus on safety first’; will ‘commit themselves to developing teamwork through continuous improvement’; will ‘strive to share their knowledge and experience’; and will operate their aircraft in a manner that ‘instills the respect of his or her medical crew’. The credo also urges pilots to improve their technical expertise, not to allow a medical emergency become an aviation emergency, and to ensure their behaviour positively reflects on their profession.

NEMSPA said the credo comes as an element of its decades-long campaign to promote professionalism and excellence in the aviation component of the air medical transport industry, and has been published to ‘serve as a standard for the nationwide community of air medical pilots’.

Read the credo in full at www.tinyurl.com/waypoint-credo

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