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The Flight For Life® Colorado Avalanche Deployment Program fills an important community need in Colorado
Colorado has 104,427 square miles of terrain, 40 percent of which is mountainous. According to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC), more than one million acres of Colorado is considered avalanche terrain and Colorado leads the nation in fatalities caused by avalanches.
Surviving an avalanche is a race against time:
What is the Avalanche Deployment Program?
The Avalanche Deployment Program was developed by Flight For Life® Colorado to rapidly deploy an avalanche team to the site of an avalanche where someone has been buried. A rigid training program was initiated to properly train teams to safely operate in and around the aircraft.
Colorado Sheriffs, Search and Rescue (SAR) groups, Ski Patrols and Flight For Life® Colorado recognize a need to save time, energy and precious minutes in the event of an avalanche burial or backcountry rescue. All share the desire to help those injured in the Colorado backcountry get the care they need and get it quickly.
A Relationship That Works
The Avalanche Deployment Program combines the skill, expertise and stamina of SAR and Avalanche teams
and the Flight For Life® Colorado helicopter and crew who expedite the rescue of an injured or ill party and evacuate them to approriate medical care.
The Team Players and Their Role in Avalanche Deployment
How the Avalanche Deployment Program Works
Participants in Avalanche Deployment
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