A Day in the Life of a HEMS Crew Member

14 September 2018

In light of National Air Ambulance Week 2018, we decided to show you what A Day in the Life of a HEMS Crew Member looks like.

These photos were all taken on a Tuesday. Tuesday’s are a busy day at the North Weald hangar as we hold our weekly meeting with some of the Critical Care Crew. This meeting allows the crew to discuss recent cases. The MD902/Helimed07 crew from the Earls Cone airbase fly over and are operational from North Weald so that the crew can join in with the discussions when not on a mission. On this day, the AW169 was on the late shift.

12.00pm

Pre-hospital Care Doctor, Mike and Critical Care Paramedic, Tony begin the daily checks of the Rapid Response Vehicles.

RRV Checks

12:05pm

They now move onto complete checks of the Helicopter. Today they will be operational in the AgustaWestland 169.

Helicopter checks

12:10pm

Mike and Tony carry out the daily controlled drug checks.

Daily drug store checks

12:20pm

Co-Pilot, Ben, begins briefing the observer. We often have Observers flying with the crew to promote learning and development.

Co-Pilot briefing Observer

12.30pm

Co-Pilot bringing the AW169 out of the hangar so that it is ready to be tasked.

Pulling AW169 out of hangar

12:50pm

Some of the Critical Care Team in the weekly meeting. They analyse what, why and how they did what they did at each mission. This meeting is also important for combating stress and looking after our crew’s health and well-being.

CGD

1:03pm

Co-Pilot taking the details of a mission down from the East of England Ambulance Service control room. Whilst he does this, Pilot Nick is outside starting the aircraft.

Co-Pilot taking details from EEAST

1:04pm

Pre-hospital Care Doctor, Mike and the Observer make their way out to the aircraft. At this point, they have no idea what incident they are about to attend. Their kit bags are all ready to go on the aircraft from when they did their checks at the beginning of the shift.

Pre-hospital Care Doctor and Observer

1:05pm

Critical Care Paramedic strapping himself in. The Air Crew helmets allow the crew to talk to each other and the control room whilst in the air.

Critical Care Paramedic

1:06pm

Co-Pilot joins the crew in the aircraft. He inputs the details received over the phone into the navigation system and then briefs the crew on the upcoming mission.

AW169 ready to take off

1:07pm

And off they go! The crew will now start discussing what drugs, equipment and procedures they may need to do when they reach the scene.

AW169 taking off

3:15pm

The crew return back from their mission. The Pilots immediately make contact with the airbase fuel suppliers. Once back in the operations room, they will have de-brief of the mission.

AW169 returning from mission

3:17pm

The fuelling tanker arrives to top up the aircraft. We get this done as quickly as possible so that we can be ready for the next mission.

AW169 re-fuelling

3:40pm

The Pilots taking a much needed tea break. This is also their chance to say goodbye to the MD902/Helimed07 Pilots before they head back to the Earls Colne airbase to end their shift.

Pilots tea break

4:15pm

The weekly meeting comes to an end for the Critical Care Team and they can go home to rest. The AW169 however stays online until 8pm.

CGD

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Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust is a registered charity in England and Wales (1108989). Registered company in England and Wales (05397840). Registered address: Flight House, The Business Centre, Earls Colne Business Park, Earls Colne, Colchester CO6 2NS.

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