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Harpur’s Ferry hosts training

Members of Binghamton University’s Harpur’s Ferry Student Volunteer Ambulance Service hosted an aeromedical training session April 30 for fire and emergency medical services personnel from the greater Binghamton region.

More than 40 area emergency response professionals joined Harpur’s Ferry members for an intense, hands-on program on how to effectively prepare for and use air medical transport.

The session, titled ”Introduction to Aeromedical Operations,” was led by Kathi Hinrichsen, from STAT MedEvac, a service of the Center for Emergency Medi-cine. STAT MedEvac provides air medical transport to patients with critical illness or injuries and is directed by a consortium of hospitals including Wilson Hospital in Binghamton, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh.

Hinrichsen offered tips on the types of situations that helicopter airlift resources should be used for and offered guidance on how to set up a helicopter landing zone. She also discussed career opportunities in the aeromedical field. A training session with the helicopter also took place. Participants were given a tour of a STAT MedEvac helicopter, which landed in an area behind the East Gym tennis courts on the University campus.

Joshua Parsons, deputy director of Harpur’s Ferry, said “This was a great learning opportunity for our students and for EMT professionals in our community. This training will allow us all to be to more effective in deliver quality care to seriously injured patients.” For more information, call 777-3579.
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Last Updated: 10/14/08