RAMS Medical Helicopter Training At Logan Fire & Rescue

Josh Bankston, base director with Regional Air Medical Services (RAMS) conducted a class on safety and landing procedures for their medical helicopters this week at Logan Fire & Rescue Station #1.

Personnel from Logan and Bethsadia Volunteer Fire Department attended the class.

Logan EMS Lieutenant Maurice Reynolds was impressed by the training session and the short flight times into Logan:

“Flight time from their Jasper base to Logan Station #1 is just 12 minutes. It should be comforting to patients who need a medical helicopter service that western Cullman County now has two different options available with short time lines.”

Landing Zone Safety Tips Taught

• Maintain radio contact at all times until helicopter has landed, loaded, and departed the area.
• Keep spectators at least 200 feet from the touchdown area.
• Keep emergency service personnel at least 100 feet away.
• Have fire equipment (if available) standing by and prepared to wet down the touchdown area if it is extremely dusty.
• Assure that everyone who will be working near the helicopter wears eye protection. If helmets are worn, chin straps must be securely fastened.
• When the helicopter lands, do not allow anyone to approach the helicopter. The crew will approach you when it is safe to do so.
• Night LZs require increased situational awareness. Control of spotlights, floodlights, flashbulbs, vehicle hi-beam lighting, etc. are essential to keep from temporarily blinding the pilot during takeoff and landings.
• Always avoid the tail rotor. Do not approach from up-slope. Approach helicopter from sides or front while always maintaining eye contact with the pilot.


Landing Zone Set-Up Tips Taught

• 100 feet by 100 feet
• Level as possible (maximum slope – less than 5 degrees)
• Free of overhead obstructions (e.g. wires, antennas, poles)
• Clear of debris and other hazards
• Helicopters prefer to land & take off at an angle to the LZ, not straight up & down – be sure
to evaluate for hazards in the areas SURROUNDING the LZ
• Note any large obstacles in any area seen from the LZ (e.g. cell towers, antennas,
water towers, silos, etc.) – be sure to report if they are lighted
• Clearly mark the LZ with weighted cones, flares, or beacons (as shown in diagram).
Position LZ controller to face helicopter on its approach.
• Plan for an alternate LZ in case primary is unsuitable.
– Site 1 mile UPWIND (avoid low-lying areas)
– Radioactive materials – ¼ mile UPWIND
– Remember – patients must be decontaminated

About Josh Bankston

Josh Bankston is one of the base directors at RAMS. Josh came to us from another air service in Alabama. He has 12 years in emergency medicine as a paramedic, fireman, and nurse. He has played a huge role in EMS as a Paramedic instructor with Bevill State. Josh and his beautiful wife Amee have been married 3 ½ years. Josh is our “busy bee,” constantly going above and beyond to make RAMS successful along with being a full-time student. He comes with FPC, CEN, CTRN, BS in EMS Management, and 1000 other initials with his name.

About RAMS

It is our positive commitment to provide quality service to each community that we serve. Constant assessment and change will be the foundation for our success. RAMS is founded on traditions, values, knowledge and determination brought forth from a strong background in the EMS Industry.

Address: 3925 Old Birmingham Highway, Jasper, AL 35501


RAMS Medical Helicopter Training At Logan Fire & Rescue

Timothy Collins

Timothy brings an insightful holistic perspective as well as a mountain man tenacity to his various roles at Cullman Today. You can reach him at cullmantoday@gmail.com.

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