Medevac At Work
Credit photos and text: 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, August 28th, 2010
01/29/2011 – “C Company, 6th Battalion, 101 Combat Aviation Brigade provides continuous, rapid-response medical evacuation capabilities to coalition forces, Afghan National Security Forces and the local populace of Afghanistan.
The company consists of pilots, crew chiefs, flight medics and flight operations personnel who provide 24/7 medevac coverage from five sites across Regional Command (South) and RC (Southwest). The company’s UH-60A Black Hawk helicopters are the primary medical evacuation platform. A medevac crew consists of two pilots, one flight medic and one crew chief with additional medical aid provided by a flight surgeon or critical care nurse on select missions.
Equipped with state-of-the-art medical equipment, the flight medics perform rapid assessment, vital enroute care and thorough patient hand-off to higher level care. Standard launch time from notification to wheels-up for an urgent patient is seven to eight minutes.”
Standard launch time from notification to wheels-up for an urgent patient is seven to eight minutes.