Training to save lives
by TP staff
Aug 07, 2014 | 1205 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Air ambulance training
Pilot Bryan Combs of Reach Air Medical Services lifts a helicopter off from the Plasencia Fields parking lot at 11th Street and Corral Hollow Road on Friday during an air ambulance training session with the Tracy fire department.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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Firefighters with the Tracy Fire Department spent the day Friday practicing with Reach Air Medical Services at Plasencia Fields at the corner of 11th Street and Corral Hollow Road. The firefighters learned how to approach a helicopter when the blades are moving, how to load a patient and how to shut down the helicopter’s engine in case of a crash. The lessons Friday wrapped up a weeklong training exercise with the two organizations. Dave Bramell, a division chief with the fire department, said a refresher course is held every couple of years to review how to work safely near helicopters.

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