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Students Get Down-to-Earth Perspective as ‘Life Flight’ Makes Return Landing

One of Geisinger’s Life Flight helicopters provides a morning learning experience on the library lawn.
One of Geisinger’s Life Flight helicopters provides a morning learning experience on the library lawn.
Emergency medical services students listen attentively to practical information about Life Flight landings.
Emergency medical services students listen attentively to practical information about Life Flight landings.
Students get hands-on practice, securing a classmate to be “loaded” onto the helicopter.
Students get hands-on practice, securing a classmate to be “loaded” onto the helicopter.

One of Geisinger Health System’s Life Flight crews landed a helicopter on the Madigan Library Lawn on Thursday for the benefit of students in the college’s emergency medical services and paramedic technician majors. The crew detailed procedures for emergency medics when a helicopter is called to an emergency scene, and the students practiced loading a classmate into the chopper. Life Flight averages 2,500 flights per year with seven helicopters that are equipped for adverse weather conditions and night vision. In-air crew consists of a pilot, a flight registered nurse and a paramedic trained in the areas of neonatal, pediatric and adult critical care. Many Penn College alumni have served in the Life Flight program.

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