Air evacuation training session held
Twenty-seven Island first responders attended the training session. Photo by Brian Jolley
Island first responders participated in a medical evacuation training event Saturday at the West Tisbury firehouse. Twenty-seven EMTs, intermediate responders, and paramedics, along with firefighters, police, and Aquinnah fire Chief Walter Delaney, were on hand for the Medflight training session. The air evacuation company provided the equipment. The goals for the training were to identify patients that needed air evacuation, to learn to prepare a landing zone, and to experience the procedure for accomplishing the air evacuation. Chet Cummens organized the session. He said this week that Island first responders are now reviewing possible landing sites for helicopters across the Island. As many as 20 such sites may be needed. In some cases, he said, assessing a patient's condition and preparing the patient for air evacuation may be done by highly trained paramedics at the site.