LOVELOCK — Lovelock’s own hometown heroes recently participated in lifesaving training. Local Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and their first responder counterparts who serve on the Lovelock Volunteer Fire Department (LVFD) answer hundreds of emergency calls each year. The majority of these calls are medical emergencies. In order to receive and maintain an EMS license in the State of Nevada EMTs must complete hundreds of hours of initial and continuing education. These educational requirements assure that the department provides appropriate care to patients during medical emergencies.
On Tuesday, August 15th, LVFD EMTs participated in a helicopter and air ambulance safety and operations course. The course covered safety and operating procedures. The skills that local EMTs gained will allow local medical teams to better coordinate the timely landing of medical aircraft and transfer of patients with life threatening injuries or who are in critical condition.
The training was conducted at Pershing General Hospital in collaboration with Care Flight, the Reno based 501(c) 3 non profit regional EMS and air ambulance organization. The training incorporated the use of an actual Care Flight B3 Eurocopter A-Star helicopter and medical team. Care Flight and its parent organization REMSA have the largest fleet of air and ground resources in the region and is the only accredited ground, airplane, and helicopter EMS service in the State.
According to Care Flight, “The dedication of the skilled local EMS professionals who participated in the training often makes the difference between life and death. These men and women ought to be applauded for their willingness to care for their community and neighbors in some of life’s darkest times.”