By Jeff White, M.S., MTSP-C, FP-C. Director of Safety, HealthNet Aeromedical Services
Every Coast Helicopter Operations (ECHO) has evolved into a driving force for our industry. The organization was created by flight crews as an opportunity to collaborate on safety, training, and come together to share ideas to become better clinicians and patient care providers. ECHO encompasses all public safety aviation, which includes law enforcement, search and rescue, and military members and provides free to low-cost education, high quality training programs, crew member and program support, and networking opportunities to public safety aviation members around the world.
As an added service for the industry, ECHO has developed a safety team to travel the country to assist agencies with an unbiased mindset to build internal safety management systems, complete safety and crew resource management training for agencies, etc.
Driven by CAMTS and the FAA, companies are now required to have their own safety programs that integrate into their operator’s safety program. This will create a more controllable safety program for a company’s specific area and hazards encountered.
This team will continue to grow and drive safety bringing it to the forefront of the industry and is another service for the aeromedical industry provided by the aeromedical industry.
The ECHO Safety Team is comprised of members from across
the country and includes:
Veronica Marzonie, Team Director: RN, LifeFlight of Maine
Ron Folse: Pilot, Orange County Florida Sheriff’s Office
Rachel Tester: Pilot/Paramedic, Tennessee
Brian Ceraolo: Business Development Manager for LifeForce, Tennessee
Justin Koper: Flight Paramedic and Safety Officer for HealthNet Aeromedical Services, West Virginia
Joey Loehner: EMS Planning Officer and Flight Paramedic for Humboldt General Hospital EMS, Nevada
Jeffrey White: Flight Paramedic and Director of Safety for HealthNet Aeromedical Services, West Virginia
Rhett Draehn: Safety Director of Air Division for CareFlite, Texas