Watch the Flight For Life Helipad Safety Video
Learn about our air medical & critical transport services and EMS/hospital protocol for...
- To provide initial and recurrent helipad safety training for hospital staff.
- To familiarize all staff with helicopter operations on the helipad.
- To review helipad safety systems.
- To insure that patient loading and off-loading are performed safely and efficiently.
Who should receive helipad safety training?
All hospital staff with a responsibility to respond to the helipad:
- Patient care staff
- Hospital security officers
- Plant operations/maintenance staff
- All staff should receive initial and annual refresher training. Track training on rosters.
Basics of helipad safety
- Remain alert at all times.
- Restrict access to those with current helipad safety training.
- Be aware of any changes in helipad surroundings.
- Wait for signal from flight crew to approach the aircraft.
- Always remain in view of the crew.
- Daily helipad inspection
- Clear or secure all loose objects.
- Remove snow / ice
- Use only non-corrosive ice melter.
- Check all navigational aids:
- Windsock, beacon, perimeter and flood lights.
- Inspect surrounding area for new hazards:
- Cranes, new construction, birds, etc.
- Check fire suppression systems and escapes.
- Before the aircraft arrives
- Insure helipad is clear:
- Rocks, trash, carts, cords.
- Debris can injure staff or damage aircraft.
Keep all staff in protected area:
- Inside building or behind structures.
- Rotor wash can be hazardous.
- Secure all loose clothing, caps, scarves, etc.
- Implement universal precautions, as appropriate.
- On ground level helipads, restrict pedestrian and/or vehicle traffic.
- At night, keep flood lights off until aircraft has landed.
- Remain in protected location until helicopter rotor blades have stopped.
- Watch for signal from the flight crew to approach.
- Always walk while on the helipad.
- Use caution when surface is slippery.
- Allow flight crew to open and close doors.
- Follow flight crew's instructions during off-loading.
- Comm Center will advise you if Flight For Life has requested a hot offload (with rotor blades turning).
- Secure all loose clothing, caps, scarves, stethoscopes.
- Use eye and ear protection.
- Remain in protected area until signaled to approach by flight crew.
- Allow flight crew to operate all doors.
- "Approach from within view of pilot.
- Keep head low when walking under rotor blades, especially when windy.
- Keep hands at shoulder level.
- Avoid lifting anything into rotor blades.
- Never go behind cabin area or rear of skids!
- Extreme danger from spinning tail rotor.
- Allow flight crew to operate stretcher system.
- Position cart in proper position, setting brake.
- Wait for signal from flight crew to remove stretcher.
- Watch for tension on IV lines, oxygen tubing, monitoring cables.
- Assist flight crew with patient care, as needed.
Be familiar with your helipad systems:
- Fire suppression and escape
- Request specific training with helicopter services that frequent your facility.
- Flight For Life Colorado
- Eurocopter AS-350 B3 "A-Star"
- Single patient, loaded into left side of cabin.
- Shut down requires approximately 30-60 sec.
- Tail rotor on right side of tail boom