Posted: Dec 5, 2012 3:57 PM by Judy Slate
More than a dozen local loggers attended a special training session today in Bear Canyon. The loggers where learning how to safely and efficiently get help from Summit Air Ambulance.
The Air Ambulance is based at the Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport and serves a 150 mile radius. Wednesday in Bear Canyon, loggers learned how to call for help, when to call for help and how to help the helicopter pilot locate them. They also learned what makes a safe landing zone - a 100ft by 100ft area with lttle or no incline that is free of obstacles.
Loggers say the training is invaluble. "I feel a lot better knowing how to call, how to talk on the radio and picking landing spots that are available." said 3rd generation logger, Jeremy Osler.
The training lasted about an hour, as the Air Ambulance was called on another mission to transport a patient from Bozeman Deaconess Hospital to Kalispell.