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 Way.
The purpose of this training was to instruct personnel about the do's and dont's of preparation of patients for flight, how and when to approach the helicopter, and patient transfer from a rescue vehicle to the air ambulance.
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 638 medical calls in 2019, 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.
Come for free training on Tuesday nights at 7pm at the Alward Fire Station in the Van Stellman Fire Training Center on Hwy 44 at Alward Way (unless we are called out). If there is a 5th Tuesday night in a month, there is no training on that Tuesday. Talk to Chief Tom Dodson about additional free training.
Pictures courtesy of Ed Woodring