Health First Critical Care in the Air: First Flight Has Served Brevard for 32 Years, Averages 350 Trauma Transports Each Year

flight crew includes medical personnel with backgrounds in emergency care, critical care emergency services

Did you know Health First’s First Flight is the only air ambulance in Brevard County? First Flight has been in service for 32 years and averages about 350 trauma transports each year. (Health First image)

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Did you know Health First’s First Flight is the only air ambulance in Brevard County? First Flight has been in service for 32 years and averages about 350 trauma transports each year.

First Flight is the emergency helicopter transport service of Health First. Based at Holmes Regional Medical Center. First Flight is Brevard County’s only air ambulance and has been serving East Central Florida since 1988. First Flight is operated by Metro Aviation.

When First Flight’s communications center receives a call, our communication specialist immediately notifies the flight team. The helicopter is dispatched and en route to the scene within minutes, saving precious moments of the patient’s “Golden Hour.”

When transporting patients between facilities, the flight team is in the air within minutes of confirming the destination hospital is prepared for the patient.

The experienced Health First First Flight crew includes medical personnel with backgrounds in emergency care, critical care and prehospital emergency services. (Titusville Fire image)

FLIGHT CREW

The experienced flight crew includes medical personnel with backgrounds in emergency care, critical care and prehospital emergency services.

Additionally, each registered nurse (RN) is a state-certified paramedic that may carry board certifications in emergency care, critical care, and flight nursing. Many of our RNs and paramedics carry a Flight Paramedics Certification (FPC).

Most First Flight pilots are military-trained with thousands of flight hours logged flying rescue missions. The Medical Director is a pilot and board-certified in emergency medicine, and the Assistant Medical Director has a fellowship in emergency medical services (EMS).

Brevard County Fire Rescue Engine 40, Rescue 41, District 40 and Health First First Flight respond to a severe traumatic injury on North Merritt Island. (BCFR image)

HELICOPTER

In June 2000, First Flight began using an EC-135 twin-turbine engine helicopter. It is equipped with the latest satellite tracking equipment and supports night vision capabilities.
Services

First Flight is licensed by the State of Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services to provide both interfacility and prehospital services including:

■ Interfacility transport of adult and pediatric patients
■ Specialized transport of cardiac patients, including patients requiring intra-aortic balloon pump therapy, impella and transvenous pacemaker management.
■ Specialized transport of high-risk OB patients
■ Coordinate patient transfers between facilities
■ Rotor-wing and fixed-wing flight arrangements
■ Emergency response to prehospital EMS agencies for rapid patient transport
■ Educational programs for the community
■ Injury prevention and safety programs
■ Educating other healthcare professionals
■ Specialty physician referral

How to activate First Flight

TRAUMA ALERT CRITERIA

The state of Florida requires patients meeting certain Trauma Alert Criteria (pdf) be transported to the nearest designated trauma center. EMS personnel may e-mail Trauma@hf.org or call 800.541.1928 to receive laminated copies of this criteria.

COMMUNITY PROGRAMS

In addition to transporting emergency patients to regional medical centers, we’re also leaders in offering community outreach and education programs, such as:

■ EMS presentation – A comprehensive presentation covering safety, operations, preparation of trauma patients, loading patients, and crash recovery.
Inter-facility presentation – A comprehensive presentation geared toward preparing patients for transfer between hospitals.
“Prom Night” – Demonstrations coordinated with local EMS, Fire, and Police Departments using the helicopter to demonstrate the effects of alcohol/drug use and driving.
High school presentation* – Geared towards driving safety, texting and driving, alcohol/drug use and driving, career choices, and education.
Middle school/junior high presentation* – Geared towards education, career choices, and safety for children age 12 to 15 years old. Topics include seatbelts, bicycle helmets, protective equipment for various outdoor activities, and airbags.
Elementary school presentation* – Geared toward safety, including use of seat belts, bicycle helmets, protective equipment for various outdoor activities, and airbags.

Please click here to contact us about scheduling a First Flight Presentation

*Denotes crew member presentation only, no helicopter.

For more information about First Flight and its services, e-mail FirstFlight@hf.org or call 800-541-1928

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