WILMINGTON — CareFlight Air Transportation Flight Crew nurse Ethan Strobile visited the Wilmington Lions Club at the Aug. 5 Monday night meeting.
He gave a very interesting and informative presentation about the emergency air flight helicopters and the medical flight crews who serve our community and a 150-mile radius from Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton.
He spoke about the French-made Dauphin helicopter and the flight crew which, besides the pilot, includes two flight nurses. These helicopters are actually mobile Intensive Care Units able to treat and transport two patients at the same time.
He pointed out that most other medical helicopters can only transport one patient at a time. In addition to the benefit of 180 mph speed of these helicopters, they can operate day or night, with pilots using night vision goggles. Some other safety-related features are the dual engines, auto-pilot system, airborne collision & avoidance equipment and weather radar.
Strobile also stated that the medical flight crew personnel had to qualify for these positions by achieving several years of experience and training . To provide another level of safety the flight crews were scheduled for 12-hour shifts versus 24 hours by other companies.
The audience had many questions that were professionally answered, leaving everyone with an appreciation of the important service provided by CareFlight Air Transportation of Dayton.