Dare County EMS Medflight Training
- Contact Dorothy Hester, PIO
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The recently conducted “Dunker Training” is a lifesaving course for personnel who work or travel over water in helicopters. The focus of the training is to provide knowledge and skills necessary to react to on-board emergencies that involve ditching of aircraft and to successfully perform underwater egress from the aircraft. Providers also learned how to care for themselves in sea survival situations.
In 1975, Dare County purchased its first Bell 47 helicopter. It was used by the Sheriff's Office for searches and air support. The majority of the helicopter's work was law enforcement related and it was not used to transport patients.
In 1979, a Bell UH-1 Huey helicopter was placed in service, emergencies would occasionally be responded to, and patients began to be transported utilizing a volunteer crew consisting of EMTs, doctors or nurses.
In 1986, the County’s first official "medical" helicopter, a BK117, was purchased. The pilots were assigned to the relatively new EMS Department and the medical crew was now full-time paid staff.
Present day, Dare Medflight’s program has continued to mature and now operates a state of the art Airbus H-145 helicopter staffed with highly trained pilots and paramedics, supported by two full-time expert helicopter mechanics and championed by departmental leadership, Dare County government and the Dare County Board of Commissioners.