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One hospital had no water for days, said Joe Rios, a flight nurse from Chatham, Illinois, who deployed to Texas. One young patient had collapsed at work and was on a ventilator in the Intensive Care Unit. “We were able to assist, evacuating some of the critical patients that were on ventilators and medication drips,” Rios said. “They needed similar care to what they received in the ICU. We were able to provide that for them and get them up to the Fort Worth-Dallas area.”


The company launched the Air Methods Foundation in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Air Methods will contribute to the


foundation and will match every dollar donated by its more than 5,000 employees, up to $100 per individual. “With many of our teammates asking for more ways to help, the Air Methods Foundation allows our team to support the ongoing relief efforts,” Chief Executive Officer Aaron Todd explained. “Together we can make difference.”


While FEMA has a comprehensive EMS contract with AMR, it doesn’t have similar contracts with private helicopter companies that provide non-EMS services, said Patrick Pilolla, director of business development for CHI Aviation.


His company supported Hurricane Harvey relief efforts through private contracts with Air Methods and the Entergy power company from Aug. 28 through Sept. 7.


CHI sent a Sikorsky S-61N, the same helicopter used for U.S. presidents. It’s a versatile heavy-lift aircraft that can seat as many as 18 people while easily converting to cargo. It has an 8,000-pound capacity on an external hook for long-line work. Most of its work involves troop and cargo movements for the U.S. Department of Defense, especially in Afghanistan, Pilolla said.


Aviation Metalsmith 2nd Class Difuntorum, marshals an Air Force HH-60G Pave Hawk from the 41st Rescue Squadron at Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Texas. Aircraft and personnel from the 347th Rescue Group mobilized to NAS Fort Worth to assist in rescue efforts after Hurricane Harvey made landfall. Photo: Staff Sergeant Ryan Callaghan


LESSONS LEARNED 7 74


Think on your feet and make do. When Beaumont was left without an operating airport tower, one of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s AMO pilots whipped out a hand-held radio to help keep helicopters separated at the airport when they were coming in to get fuel. (Lesson learned by AMO public affairs liaison Matt Noble)


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Bring multi-mission-capable aircraft and learn how to adapt on the scene. “We’re coming in better equipped, we’re coming in smarter, and we’re a whole lot safer than 30 years ago,” said Patrick Pilolla, director of business development for CHI Aviation. He has been in the industry for more than three decades.


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