Leadership

Copter-Ambulance Service

Issue 8 and Volume 123.

Copter-Ambulance Service Staff Correspondent The Los Angeles County Fire Department has been selected to operate an exploratory helicopter-ambulance service on 106 miles of major freeways and highways in northwestern Los Angeles County. This test program uses helicopters to transport patients to hospitals from accidents in remote areas. The fire department is using a 206 Jet Ranger, which can carry two stretcher patients, a pilot and a fireman-attendant. County firemen assigned to the program have received emergency medical training at Harbor General Hospital. The Jet Ranger flies in excess of 120 miles an hour and within 20 minutes can reach any portion of the project area from its base at County Station 81 in Mint Canyon. Initially, the air-ambulance service will be provided only from Friday noon to Sunday night, when most accidents occur. The northwest section of the county has many remote areas of back roads, plus heavily traveled freeways.…

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