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Recommended Procedure

Requesting a Medical Helicopter

 

Purpose: This recommended procedure is for use by fire department dispatch centers as a tool to efficiently request medical helicopters to the scene of medical emergencies at the request of EMS personnel at the scene.

 

This procedure should be implemented whenever Fire/EMS personnel at the scene of an incident request a medical evacuation helicopter.

 

Procedure:

 

1. The following information must be obtained or known by the radio operator from the incident commander or EMS unit before a request for a medical helicopter can be processed:

 

                       

                        Department Requesting Helicopter:                                                           

 

                        Landing Zone Location:                                                                                

                                                                            (Major Intersection/Cross Streets)

 

                        GPS Coordinates (if available):                                North

 

                                                                                                             West

 

                        Landing Zone Frequency:      ٱ MERCI 340 (155.340 MHz)                    

                                                                        ٱ MERCI 400 (155.400 MHz)

                                                                        ٱ IREACH (155.055 MHz)

                                                                        ٱ LOCAL Frequency (                                  MHz)

 

Basic Call Information: (Auto Accident, Construction Accident, Shooting, Amputation, Etc.)

Hazardous Materials Involved?     ٱYES                ٱNO

 

Number of victims requiring helicopter transport:              

 

2. The radio operator must telephone one or more helicopter services to locate available units:

                        Flight for Life (McHenry)                 1-800-344-1000 or 1-815-344-1000

                        Flight for Life (Milwaukee)               1-800-451-4673

                        Loyola Lifestar (Maywood)              1-800-888-5862

                        University of Chicago                        1-800-621-7827

                        REACT (Rockford)                           1-815-971-4750

                        Lifeline (Rockford)                            1-815-395-5499

                        Air Angels (Dupage)                          1-877-247-5438

                                    Med Flight (Madison)                       1-608-263-3258

                       

 

3. Advise the responding helicopter(s) the information obtained in Section 1. Advise all helicopter services if more than one service is responding to the same landing zone for multiple patients. Obtain helicopter ETA(s). A single page worksheet is attached for actual use by the dispatcher.

 

4. The radio operator must update the Incident Commander or Landing Zone Sector as to the name of the responding helicopter agency(ies), their ETA or that no helicopter agency is available or are unable to fly due to weather.

 

Medical Helicopter Request Worksheet

 

 

            Department Requesting Helicopter:                                                                       

 

 

            Landing Zone Location:                                                                                            

                                                                   (Major Intersection/Cross Streets)

                       

 

            GPS Coordinates (if available):                                            North

 

                                                                                                             West

 

            Landing Zone Frequency:      ٱ MERCI 340 (155.340 MHz)                    

                                                            ٱ MERCI 400 (155.400 MHz)

                                                            ٱ IREACH (155.055 MHz)

                                                            ٱ LOCAL Frequency (                                  MHz)

 

Basic Call Information: (Auto Accident, Construction Accident, Shooting, Amputation, Etc.)

 

Hazardous Materials Involved?     ٱYES                ٱNO

 

Number of victims requiring helicopter transport:              

 

                                                                                                                Available?

                        Helicopter Service               Dispatch Number            No        Yes          ETA       

 

            Flight for Life (McHenry)                 1-800-344-1000              ٱ           ٱ                       

            Flight for Life (Milwaukee)               1-800-451-4673              ٱ           ٱ                       

            Loyola Lifestar (Maywood)              1-800-888-5862              ٱ           ٱ                       

            University of Chicago                        1-800-621-7827              ٱ           ٱ                       

            REACT (Rockford)                           1-815-971-4750              ٱ           ٱ                       

            Lifeline (Rockford)                            1-815-395-5499              ٱ           ٱ                       

            Air Angels (Dupage)                          1-877-247-5438              ٱ           ٱ                       

            Med Flight (Madison)                       1-608-263-3258              ٱ           ٱ                       

 

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