Dayton airport teams with Careflight for safety

Careflight trains with Dayton International Airport personnel. (Photo/City of Dayton)
Careflight trains with Dayton International Airport personnel. (Photo/City of Dayton)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Dayton International Airport is taking advantage of an important resource in the Miami Valley.

It is working with the members of the Careflight helicopter to ensure that both are ready in a time of crisis.

The two have conducted several training sessions in recent weeks.

Careflight practiced landings at the airport should it be needed during an emergency.

Participants also sat down in classrooms to discuss the best ways to work together.

22 firefighters staff the airport fire department. The Careflight crew says they rely on every member.

“Our safety depends on you,” Careflight nurse and program educator Marcia Roemer, RN, said to the firefighters during a classroom training. “Communication is key.”

The airport fire department not only trained with Careflight, but conducts regular training of its own.

“The more we train, the better prepared we can be to act,” said Fire Chief Bruce Bales. “We’ve only needed to call Careflight a handful of times, but when we need them, it’s really important that we know how to work with them.”

Careflight is often called to emergency scenes when medical responses are impeded by roadway traffic. The airport fire department would call them in situations of runway emergencies or a patient with a serious medical emergency.

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