Local Firefighters Train With UF’s ShandsCair Medical Helicopter

August 21, 2018

Firefighters from the Walnut Hill and Molino stations of Escambia Fire Rescue attended landing zone safety class Monday evening in Walnut Hill with the University of Florida’s ShandsCair medical helicopter.

ShandsCair’s base lead Jeremy Johnson provided instruction covering the helicopter’s capabilities, emergency procedures, safety around the helicopter, and assistance by fire department personnel in loading and unloading of critical care patients for rapid transport to area hospitals.

UF Health at Shands in Gainesville provides the flight crews in coordination with Sacred Heart Hospital, while the helicopter pilot is provided by MedTrans.

ShandsCair 6 is based at the Peter Prince Airport in Milton. The helicopter transports patients from emergency scenes and as transfers between hospitals for the surrounding areas.

The Bell 407GX helicopter has a crew of three – a pilot, flight nurse and flight paramedic.

NorthEscambia.com photos by Kristi Barbour, click to enlarge.


One Response to “Local Firefighters Train With UF’s ShandsCair Medical Helicopter”

  1. Walnut hill Rez on August 21st, 2018 6:08 pm

    What happened to Baptist Lifeflight do they not cover Walnut Hill anymore?