DOYLESTOWN, Ohio - Chippewa Township firefighters along with Doylestown police officers got an up close look at five different medical helicopters Tuesday night.
It was a chance for some advanced training in what to do in the event of an emergency with a helicopter and its crew. “We had different helicopters come out and talk to us about landing procedures,” Chippewa Fire Chief Ron Browning said, “but never have we concentrated solely on shutting down the helicopter. ”
The training was arranged by Will Evans, a firefighter with Chippewa Township, who is also a licensed helicopter pilot. Evans said the goal was to teach both firefighters and police officers what to do in the event that the pilot would become injured and the helicopter would need to be shut down by someone other than the flight crew.
Firefighters and police officers went in small groups to each helicopter to learn from the flight crew where the emergency exits are and how to shut the engines down in the event of an emergency.
Metro Life Flight, University Hospitals MedEvac, Akron Children’s Air Bear, Cleveland Clinic and MedFlight helicopters all took part in the training.
Chippewa Township covers the northeast corner of Wayne County and has both State Route 585 and State Route 21 in their response area.
Browning said they have used medical helicopters four times in the last eight years at vehicle accidents, including one accident that required two helicopters.
Members of the community also were shown the helicopters and were able to watch them land and take off from Crossroads Community Church.
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