A Southern Ohio Training Collaboration

-Amanda Ball, Safety Officer at MedFlight

Over a decade ago, Healthnet Aeromedical Services and MedFlight partnered to open the first co-owned and operated base in the nation.  Referred to by locals as “Healthnet 4 / MedFlight 7”, the team is based at the Greater Portsmouth Regional Airport and serves citizens in Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia on a daily basis.  The team is steeped in experience and led locally by paramedics who are passionate for elevating safety and maintaining quality in the industry.  Serving a rural area scattered with EMS and volunteer fire departments, they recognized a need early on for continuing education in the area.  The base itself is unique… So to host a unique conference was not out of the question.  This year, the team hosted their 10th Tri-State Conference at Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, OH.  What originally began as a smaller conference for healthcare providers has grown into a regional multi-track training for EMS, Nurses, and Firefighters.

With the help of our friends at Portsmouth Fire Department, full-day tactical training was provided for the fire personnel in attendance.   This year’s training included high angle rescue, rope rescue, rappelling techniques and more.  At the same time, EMS and hospital personnel were involved in hands-on clinical labs.  This full day included muscle memory training, advanced airway access labs, a live birth simulator, a pediatric assessment station, and riveting clinical lectures.

The benefits of multi-disciplinary training are endless.  Attendees represented local hospital staff, private EMS providers, volunteer firefighters, public township EMS officials, paid Fire/EMS departments, flight crew members, and nursing personnel… All of whom work together, responding to the same local emergencies, 24/7.  Don’t wait for an emergency transport mission to work together with your local healthcare providers.  Train hard and train often with them so future emergency response remains as seamless and safe as possible.

The goal of the HealthNet Aeromedical Services and MedFlight Tri-State Conference remains the same every year:  To thank local Fire, EMS, and Nursing personnel for their service, and to provide an opportunity for multiple local agencies to train together and practice the skillsets they use daily when responding to community needs.

This article was also shared in a magazine called Safety Matters, a collaborative effort owned and produced by MedFlight and Healthnet Aeromedical Services. 

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