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Register Now for the LifeFlight Eagle Safety Symposium

4th Annual Safety Symposium will be October 16-17

Mark your calendar for October 16 and 17, and plan to attend this year's LifeFlight Eagle Safety Symposium in Kansas City, Mo.

Once again, safety experts and leaders from air-medical programs throughout North America will converge at this growing annual event to engage in improving safety throughout the air-medical industry.

Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, Bell Helicopter, PHI Air Medical, and Airbus Helicopters, we are proud to offer registration to the 2014 LifeFlight Eagle Safety Symposium and its program of world-class speakers at no charge to attendees.

Don't miss the opportunity to learn from outstanding faculty, network with peers, and come home with ideas to enhance safety in your own program.

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Meet the Faculty

The 2014 Safety Symposium features an excellent faculty of professionals from air-medical and safety-related fields. Presentations include:

PTSD in HEMS
Dr. Tania Glenn
President, Tania Glenn and Associates, PA

Dr. Tania GlennBecause of the nature of their mission, air-medical crews are subjected to trauma and stress every day. It can take a terrible toll on our most important resource—our people. How can we protect and serve our employees to prevent PTSD, and what do we do if tragedy strikes?

Dr. Tania Glenn has been on the front lines of some of America’s darkest hours. She has dedicated her practice to helping those who serve and protect, specializing in the identification and treatment of severe stress and trauma. Because Dr. Glenn focuses on the aviation, military, and public safety communities, she has worked with hundreds of individuals in combating their PTSD. Dr. Tania Glenn is the Clinical Director of the PHI, Inc. Critical Incident Response Team, the US Customs and Border Protection Office of Air and Marine Critical Incident Response Team, the US Airways Critical Incident Response Team and the Southwest Airlines Critical Incident Response Team. Her background experience includes providing traumatic stress management services after the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995, the Jarrell tornado in 1997, the attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 and numerous other incidents including line of duty deaths and suicides of emergency personnel. Tania has written numerous articles and is a regular contributor to Air Beat, the journal of the Airborne Law Enforcement Association. In 2006 Tania was featured in "Between Iraq and a Hard Place," a documentary on traumatic stress in the military. Tania Glenn is the President of Tania Glenn and Associates, PA, a clinical private practice in Austin, Texas.

Monitoring Your Safety Culture
Tom Judge
Executive Director, LifeFlight of Maine

Tom JudgeMost people in the air-medical community feel their program has an excellent safety culture. We know from unfortunate history that complacency and a false sense of safety are dangers for every program. How can we evaluate our own organizations’ safety culture and monitor it to ensure we’re doing everything possible to prevent the unthinkable?

Thomas Judge serves as the Executive Director of LifeFlight of Maine. Mr. Judge brings a 30-year background in pre-hospital emergency medical services in roles from provider to system planner/regulator. He has served as a subject matter expert for the National Transportation Safety Board, and currently serves on the Joint Helicopter Safety Implementation Team, one of two work groups of the International Helicopter Safety Symposium. Mr. Judge is a former board chair of the Association of Critical Care Transport, and is a past president of the Association of Air Medical Services.

Keynote Presentation
Honorable Robert L. Sumwalt
Board member, National Transportation Safety Board

Honorable Robert SumwaltHonorable Robert L. Sumwalt will deliver the Thursday evening keynote presentation. Mr. Sumwalt has served since 2006 as a member of the National Transportation Safety Board, where he has been a fierce advocate for improving safety in all modes of transportation.

Prior to coming to the Board, Mr. Sumwalt was a pilot for 32 years, including 24 years as an airline pilot with Piedmont Airlines and US Airways. After his airline career he joined SCANA, a Fortune 500 energy company, where he managed their corporate aviation department. He logged over 14,000 flight hours and earned type ratings in five aircraft.

Mr. Sumwalt worked on special assignment to the US Airways Flight Safety Department where he was involved in the development of numerous airline safety programs. He served on the US Airways Flight Operational Quality Assurance (FOQA) Monitoring Team.

He served as an air safety representative for Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) for 17 years where he chaired ALPA's Human Factors and Training Group. He was a co-founder of that organization's Critical Incident Response Program, which provides guidance to airline personnel involved in traumatic events such as accidents.

From 1991 to 1999, Mr. Sumwalt conducted aviation safety research as a consultant to NASA's Aviation Safety Reporting System, where he studied flight crew human factors. He co-authored a book on aircraft accidents and he wrote chapters pertaining to aircraft accident investigation in two books. He has written extensively on aviation safety matters, having published over 90 articles and papers.

In 2003, Mr. Sumwalt joined the faculty of the University of Southern California's Aviation Safety and Security Program, where he was the primary human factors instructor.

In recognition of his contributions to the aviation industry, Mr. Sumwalt received the Flight Safety Foundation's Laura Taber Barbour Award in 2003 and ALPA's Air Safety Award in 2005. He is a 2009 inductee into the South Carolina Aviation Hall of Fame. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of South Carolina and a Master of Aeronautical Science (with Distinction) from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, specializing in Aviation/Aerospace Safety Systems and Human Factors Aviation Systems.

IIMC Case Review
Lindsay Cunningham
Senior Manager of Aviation Safety at Airbus Helicopters

Lindsay CunninghamFlying into Inadvertent Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IIMC) is both terrifying and deadly. Lindsay Cunningham will walk participants through a real-life scenario and discuss how we all can apply learnings taken from these past incidents and accidents to help save lives in the future. Ms. Cunningham has spent the majority of her career in accident investigations, and currently works as Senior Manager of Aviation Safety at Airbus Helicopters. She is a certified pilot and holds a BS in Professional Aeronautics and a Master of Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Land and LIVE!
Stan Rose

Director of Safety at Helicopter Association International

Stan RoseThe Helicopter Association International’s new safety campaign was born out of a sense of frustration that so many helicopter accidents are preventable. It’s based on a simple premise: short of a catastrophic mechanical failure, making a precautionary landing will break most accident chains. But the decision has to be made before a situation has become an emergency. And too many pilots and crew members either don’t consider such a landing as part of their safety checklist or wait too long before making the decision.

Stan Rose, HAI’s Director of Safety will present the campaign and discuss how we all can benefit by implementing it in our own organization. Mr. Rose has been involved in the helicopter industry for more than 40 years. He began his career as a U.S. Army pilot in Vietnam, and later attended the Maintenance Officer/Test Pilot Course with the U.S. Army Reserves. Since that time he has served in numerous and varied positions including as line pilot in the Gulf of Mexico, lead pilot and program director for air medical operations, Chief Pilot of a law enforcement helicopter support unit, and as a business planning and acquisitions consultant.

Rotor Accidents and Technology
William “Tony” Randall
Manager of Continued Operational Safety at Bell Helicopter

Tony RandallHow can improved technology help prevent helicopter accidents? William “Tony” Randall will discuss new technological innovations and how they can enhance safety in all aviation programs. Mr. Randall is Manager of Continued Operational Safety at Bell Helicopter. He has served in various leadership and safety roles with Bell Helicopter and served for 20 years in the United States Marine Corps as a pilot, test pilot, fleet upgrade officer, and squadron executive. At Bell, he provides world-wide support to aviation accident investigations involving Bell products. He manages the company's System Safety Engineers in support of new aircraft and improvement programs.



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Thanks to our Sponsors

Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, we are proud to offer registration to the 2014 LifeFlight Eagle Safety Symposium and its program of world-class speakers at no charge to attendees.

Please join us in thanking our 2014 Symposium sponsors for this investment in the safety of our industry: Bell Helicopter, PHI Air Medical, and Airbus Helicopters.

Airbus Helicopters    PHI Air Medical    Bell Helicopter


Local Accomodations

Conference Center

This year's conference will once again at the Hilton Kansas City Airport conference center. Click here for directions

Hotel Rooms

A special room rate of $99+tax per night is available at the Hilton Kansas City Airport.

For reservations:

  • Call 816-801-4010 and mention group name LifeFlight Eagle Safety Symposium, or 
  • Click here make a reservation online. Use group name LifeFlight Eagle Safety Symposium and group code LIFE.


Cancellation/No-show policy:

Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, we are proud to offer registration to the 2014 LifeFlight Eagle Safety Symposium and its program of world-class speakers at no charge to attendees. In order to respect the investment our sponsors have made in the safety of our industry, we have implemented a cancellation/no-show policy.

Registrants who cancel within two weeks of the event or do not attend the Symposium will be charged a $75 cancellation/no-show fee.

Questions:

Call 816-283-9710 with any questions or to register by phone.

 
 
 
 

Take our Safety and Risk Management Survey

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To: Leaders from our partners in patient care:LFE Safety Network Patient Survey

Safety and Risk Management. They're extremely important, high-consequence topics on the radar for leaders at every hospital, fire department and EMS agency.

It's no different for us at LifeFlight Eagle. Safety is a core value behind everything we do, and that's why we employ a robust Safety Management System, utilize proactive root cause analysis, promote a just-culture accountability system and participate in employee fit-for-duty wellness programs. We teach landing zone courses and hold safety summits to promote safety.

We know we can always get better, though. That's why we host an annual safety symposium for air-medical programs throughout the country and participate in dozens of safety-related industry initiatives. We know that we'll learn new ideas from other programs, and that we'll become safer as we help the industry as a whole.

Now we are looking at ways to partner with hospitals, fire departments and EMS agencies we partner with every day improve safety and reduce risk in their own organizations.

Our vision is to gather input from a broad group of individuals and use it to help develop training opportunities that can benefit organizations throughout the region.

Please take a few moments to complete this quick survey. It should take less than 5 minutes, and it will provide us valuable information.

We appreciate your input and your participation.

Best Regards,

Joe Coons,
Director of Safety
LifeFlight Eagle

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 January 2014 11:49

Nocturnal Operations: Turning Night into Day

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Night vision goggles are nothing new to LifeFlight Eagle and Children’s Mercy. Our programs were one of the first in Missouri or Kansas to begin using them for operations in 2009. Using night vision goggles for aviation requires special training — prior to crew members using the goggles, they must undergo an extensive ground school covering the dynamics of the eye and how the eye will react when using the goggles. LifeFlight Eagle and Children’s Mercy Critical Care Transfer  is committed to safety and make it a requirement that two crew members must goggled the entire flight at night. If we don’t have them, we don’t take the flight. alt

Last Updated on Monday, 23 September 2013 11:58 Read more...

The Changing Face of Air Medical Safety

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Over the years the air medical industry has suffered greatly because of accidents and the loss of patients and dedicated flight crew members. This year is no exception, as the industry has suffered four fatal accidents in the United States. We learn lessons from each accident, and LifeFlight Eagle is committed to taking anything possible away from each tragedy so that we can take steps to ensure the safety of our crews, our patients and our aircraft.

Joe Coons, LifeFlight Eagle's Director of Safety

We don’t bring these statistics forward with the intent to cause worry when using an air medical service. On the contrary, programs across the globe like LifeFlight Eagle and Children’s Mercy Critical Care Transport Team save countless lives each and every day. Thousands of patients would die each year if it wasn’t for the ability of helicopters to go to remote locations and speed patients to critical care facilities under the care of highly trained flight paramedics and flight nurses en route. We mention the statistics for one simple reason: some of the old ways of doing things are not safe.

Last Updated on Monday, 19 August 2013 23:47 Read more...

Fun Summer chills can create not so fun thrills!

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Swimming is one of the most popular summer activities. With things finally starting to heat up and one of the summer’s busiest holidays around the corner, people will be heading to the lakes and pools to cool off and relax. But this fun summer activity doesn’t come without risks. So what’s the big problem with trying to enjoy yourself and stay cool? In the U.S., drowning ranks fifth among the top reasons of unintentional injury death. The CDC reports that every day, about ten people die from unintentional drowning. Of the ten, two are under the age of 14. At Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, more than 20 children are seen each year for near drownings. There are many of factors that can contribute to drowning risks. Common sense, swimming lessons and practicing a few safety precautions can help prevent your activity from turning into a tragedy.

Last Updated on Monday, 19 August 2013 20:17 Read more...

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