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CARE Ambulance Paramedics Danny Irions,
Reason #5 – Benefits To You receive each bi-monthly edition of the Air
Art Simmons and Uchee VFD personnel
Medical Journal.
prepare to load a patient in an Air Evac There are a number of benefits to you
Lifeteam helicopter from Columbus, GA
as an individual, including a free Will pro-
Reason #6 – Proud To Belong
photo: Kevin Harralson/CARE Ambulance
vided by NEMSPA’s affiliate attorney, NEMSPA has accomplished a great
discounted insurance from sources that deal in your behalf (see sidebar – “Recent
understand the needs of professional pi- Accomplishments”). Much of the work
represent a consensus of industry pilots, lots, and access to the member’s only sec- done has benefited not only you as a pilot,
NEMSPA has conducted three critical tion of You will also Continued on page 24
surveys during the past 18 months. The
first, which garnered nearly 800 re-
sponses, focused on the HEMS pilot’s
perspective of night vision goggles. The
second, which received a similar number
of responses, dealt with pilot fatigue is-
sues. The third was a cultural survey con-
ducted nearly a year ago which proved to
be the precursor to the No Pressure Initia-
tive. You can review the essence of the
No Pressure Initiative on the NEMSPA
website. The results of these three surveys
have already provided the basis for sig-
nificant safety enhancements in our in-
dustry, all of which have benefited
industry pilots. We solicit suggestions
and comments from members on a regular
basis. Your voice really does count.
Reason #4 – Strength
In Numbers
NEMSPA strives to represent the needs
and professional opinions of EMS pilots
across the nation, and in this respect has
gained the attention of numerous agencies
related to the industry. But frankly, an
important factor in any organization’s
ability to effect change and progression is
simple numbers. There is no question that
having more members translates into a
louder voice when speaking with other in-
dustry stakeholders about how to address
our current challenges. There are many
other associations in the industry make up
of concerned people who have never sat
at the controls of an EMS aircraft. Many
of them feel compelled to define what the
causes of the industry’s disturbing safety
record are, and exactly how it should be
fixed. Should industry pilots remain silent
while non-aviators, however good their
intentions, formulate new policies and
regulations that will directly impact aero-
nautical decision making? Join NEMSPA
and share your experience and recom-
mendations with the nationwide air med-
ical community and federal agencies that
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