Safety experts, crew members, pilots, mechanics and leaders from air-medical programs throughout North America are invited to converge at the 5th Annual LifeFlight Eagle Safety Symposium in Kansas City, Mo., September17-18.
The symposium, which is provided free of charge, features presentations by world-class safety experts, as well as an opportunity for representatives from air-medical organizations around the country to come together, network and discuss safety issues.
“We bring people together because safety is not proprietary,” said Joe Coons, LifeFlight Eagle’s Director of Safety. “We want to facilitate a venue that allows programs to share their learnings and efforts to improve safety with others throughout the entire industry.”
“We’ve become more aware of how human factors and safety culture play a role in keeping everything we do safe — not just patient missions, but everything,” Coons said. “By coming together and discussing the challenges we face and the way in which each of our programs works to proactively improve safety, we can all come away with ways to make our own programs safer.”
This year’s symposium already features an outstanding lineup of presenters, with more to be announced soon. Speakers include Dr. Wes Scott from the National Safety Council; Kurt Williams, president of the National EMS Pilots Association; and Jon Tierney, safety chair for LifeFlight of Maine and President/CEO of Acadia Mountain Climbing School.
Past Symposium faculty have included the Honorable Robert Sumwalt, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Board Member; human factors expert Dr. Scott Shappell from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; PTSD expert Dr. Tania Glenn; Stan Rose, director of Safety at Helicopter Association International; Brad Sheehan from ExpressJet Airlines; as well as more than a dozen others aviation safety experts and representatives from air-medical programs across the nation. Participants from 25 states, Canada and South Africa have participated during the past four years.
Registration is now open at www.LifeFlightEagle.org.
Safety at LifeFlight Eagle
LifeFlight Eagle is a strong leader when it comes to safety, which is at the core of everything it does. The organization utilizes a Safety Advisory Group made up of medical crew members, pilots and mechanics, who work to proactively identify and address safety issues. The organization utilizes a robust Safety Management System, and partners with its air operator, PHI Air Medical, to promote a positive safety culture throughout the organization.
LifeFlight Eagle works diligently to promote safety with its community partners and the air-medical industry as a whole. It conducts safety outreach and training with hospitals and first responders, helping coach and educate them about LifeFlight Eagle’s safety needs and how they can improve the safety in their own organizations.
LifeFlight Eagle’s annual Safety Symposium began five years ago as an effort to provide top-tier safety education to its own staff, but also to engage others in the industry in improving safety as well. The Symposium has since grown, and it now draws a national audience.
Through the generosity of its sponsors, the symposium is provided at no charge to attendees.
About LifeFlight Eagle:
LifeFlight Eagle is a 501(c3) non-profit organization that provides life-saving emergency transport to critically ill and injured patients from communities surrounding the Kansas City region. Its roots date back to 1978 when St. Joseph Medical Center launched Spirit of St. Joseph LifeFlight, which was the nation’s fifth helicopter program. The organization has since grown and nowprovides two Bell 407GX and two Bell 407 helicopters that serve the community 24/7/365 from bases in Trenton, Harrisonville, Odessa and Clinton, Mo. It also owns a larger Airbus Helicopters EC-145, which is dedicated to the Children’s Mercy Critical Care Transport Team. All LifeFlight Eagle helicopters are operated and maintained by PHI Air Medical.
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