06 Dec 2011, Posted by Master of Chaos in Blog, No Comments.
Flight For Life Colorado dropped in for a visit during our annual guide training. Their program allows for place based training so we had them refresh us on helicopter rescue and packaging requirements. Though we’ve never called them in for a medical emergency, it is comforting to know they are there (30-min flight from Frisco to Steamboat Springs) for us if needed.
Affiliated with the St. Anthony Central Hospital in Denver, Flight For Life Colorado was the first hospital based air ambulance program in the United States and now has 4 helicopters staged across Colorado. Basically a flying ambulance with a pilot and 2 medics, Flight For Life Colorado’s helicopters are typically dispatched to transport patients who need more significant life support. But being in Colorado where there are many search and rescue and winter avalanche rescue needs, Flight For Life Colorado also specializes in aerial search support and an Avalanche Deployment Program.
We’ve had Flight For Life Colorado visit us in the past, every other year or so for our guide training efforts. When the helicopter comes in and blasts the crew with snow, visions of heli skiing come to mind.