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Pictures courtesy of Ed Woodring
On June 12, 2018, the new Reach Air Ambulance landed on the ground at Shingletown Volunteer Fire Department Station 20 on Highway 44 and Alward. (See slideshow below) The purpose of this training was to train on the do's and don'ts of patient transfer from a rescue vehicle to the air ambulance, how and when to approach the helicopter, and preparation of patients for flight. Where the air ambulance could safely land was another topic reviewed. Landing sites can include roadways, fields, or any other safe place for them to land. The inside of the air ambulance has everything needed to care for the patient while in transport to the nearest hospital. Shingletown Volunteer Fire Department had 444 medical calls in 2017, and many of those required the use of an air ambulance. Keeping SVFD responders/firefighters and CAL FIRE firefighters up-to-date on training is essential for the residents of Shingletown.