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Safer Industry NEMSPa - Leading the Way to a

by Kent Johnson, President NEMSPA As a board, we are proud to report that

the National EMS Pilots Association (NEMSPA) continues to work towards meet- ing the objective set forth in its tagline, “lead- ing the way to a safer industry.”

If you’re a

member of NEMSPA you should be proud to belong to an organization that continues to be a principal and important participant in the air medical industry. As a delegate of every EMS pilot, NEMSPA believes its priority is to con- tinue to represent your safety related needs in a multitude of ways. NEMSPA lately?

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PILOT OF THE YEAR NEMSPA took a slightly different

approach to this year’s Pilot of the Year pro- gram, which was spearheaded by NEMSPA board member BJ Raysor, Director of


Operations for Angel One, Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

Those submitting nominations were

asked to describe their candidate in the areas of personal professionalism, technical knowledge and expertise, their specific contributions to a culture of safety, leadership and mentoring of other pilots and team members, their contribu- tions to the broader air medical community and any other exceptional qualities or acts that were considered over and above the norm for EMS pilots.

BJ led a committee that filtered the

nominations down to three top contenders. We then de-identified and listed the qualifica- tions of each of these pilots on a survey that was sent to the entire NEMSPA membership, where each was asked to rank the three final- ists. Using these results as a basis, BJ’s com- mittee made the final decision for Pilot of the Year.

There is no question that this was not an easy decision, as all three were considered


very capable and exceptional pilots, and cer- tainly deserving of this prestigious award. The NEMSPA Pilot of the Year award

for 2010 has been awarded to Earl Jewkes, a lead pilot and check airman for Intermountain Life Flight, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Earl, who

has been flying helicopters for 41 years (20 years as an EMS pilot), “was involved in the concept and development of several HEMS operational safety tools, including the Enroute Decision Point (EDP) for use in marginal weather conditions and a Pilot Risk Assessment tool, both

of which were adopted by

Intermountain Life Flight and then later pre- sented as industry-wide ‘Best Practices’ by CAMTS. He has received several local safety awards and his contributions have had a signif- icant impact on the safety of operations of the Intermountain Life Flight

the air ambulance industry in general.”

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