SAR_HoistHelicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) Forum March 5, 2009

Bell Helicopter Training Academy, Alliance, TX (KAFW) Training Auditorium1 pm - 5 pm
Pre-Registration is Required!
This forum will be a regional follow up to the Feb 2009 NTSB Public Hearing on HEMS safety. It will be an opportunity for operational, training, safety and regulatory agents to discuss challenges that face the community and develop continuous improvement strategies.

CarefliteBriefs will include:
1:00 - 1:45 -Integrated Helicopter Safety Team - Dave Downey, VP Flight Safety Bell Helicopter
1:45 - 2:30 -Safety Management Systems - John Kemp, Director of Safety, ERA Helicopters
2:30 - 2:45 - Break
2:45 - 3:30 -HEMS Hearing Debrief, Guy Delgiudice, Chief Pilot, Careflite
3:30 - 4:15 -Flight Information Services, Dale Walker, Lockheed Martin AFSS
4:15 - 5:00 -First Responder Safety Brief, Joe Schmaltz, Bell Helicopter

NTSB Press Release
"Washington, DC - The National Transportation Safety Board will hold a public hearing on the safety of Helicopter
Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) operations. The three-day hearing will begin on February 3, 2009, at the NTSB's Board Room and Conference Center, 429 L'Enfant Plaza, S.W., Washington, D.C.
Helicopter EMS operations provide an important service to the public by transporting seriously ill patients or donor organs to emergency care facilities. The pressure to safely and quickly conduct these operations in various
environmental conditions (for example, inclement weather, at night, and unfamiliar landing sites for helicopter
operations) has the potential to make HEMS operations more at risk than normal passenger carrying operations.
"We have seen an alarming rise in the numbers of EMS accidents and the Safety Board believes some of these
accidents could have been prevented if our recommendations were implemented," said Member Robert Sumwalt, Chairman of the Hearing. "This hearing will be extremely important because it can provide an opportunity to learn more about the industry so that possibly we can make further recommendations that can prevent these accidents and save
PHIThe NTSB issued a Special Investigation Report on EMS Operations in January 2006. The report involved the analysis of all EMS-related aviation accidents that occurred from January 2002 through January 2005. There were a total of 55 accidents that occurred during this 3-year window; 41 helicopters and 14 airplanes. These accidents killed 54 people, and seriously injured 19. Analysis of the accidents indicated that 29 of 55 accidents could have been prevented with corrective actions identified in the report.
However, over the past 11 months the Safety Board has investigated nine fatal EMS Accidents with a total of 35 fatalities. In 2008 alone there have been 7 fatal accidents with 28 fatalities. This is a drastic increase in accidents since the Special Investigation Report and therefore has prompted the Safety Board to examine this issue in greater detail by holding this hearing.
There will be witnesses from all EMS communities including pilots, medical personnel, managers, and FAA. The issues that will be discussed during the hearing include:

  • Operational Structure and Models
  • Flight Operations
  • Aircraft Safety Equipment
  • Training
  • Oversight

FAASteam.jpgFMI: Kent Lewis, Conference Facilitator, FAASTeam Lead Rep Ft Worth,

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Register Now: You will need to provide the names and nationality of the visitors at least 5 days in advance to Ruby Acosta at Careflite. This facility is governed by the military, and has strict security requirements. A government issued photo ID will be required to gain access. Cameras and cell phones are best left in the car. Security personnel can hold them for visitors at their station if needed.