The Nacogdoches County Fire Fighters Association hosted a Medical Helicopter Landing Zone Safety Seminar Saturday, May 26, at A.L. Mangham Jr. Regional Airport. The safety seminar was conducted by PHI Air Medical (Lufkin) – Chad LeBlanc, Flight Paramedic; Trent Cameron, Flight Nurse; and, Jason Trent, Pilot.

PHI Pilot, Jason Cousins, and Chad LeBlanc, Flight Paramedic, conduct a Medical Helicopter Landing Zone Safety seminar.

     The training was attended by 28 Nacogdoches County Fire Fighters Association members, representing 6 different county volunteer fire departments. “We appreciate PHI and the opportunity to learn more about the helicopters and their use in an emergency,” stated Cindy Doucet, President of the association. “It’s important for our fire departments to know when to call and when not to call them in an emergency. We are just so thankful that they are there to help us when we need them.”

Chad LeBlanc, PHI Flight Paramedic, demonstrates helicopter safety equipment during the Nacogdoches County Fire Fighters Association's helicopter safety training.

     The classroom portion of the safety training was held in the Pilots/Passenger Lounge via DVD and the helicopter demonstration was held on the ramp. “The City welcomes public use of the airport facilities for aviation-related training purposes,” said Airport Manager Mary Uresti. “It demonstrates another way in which the airport serves the community as a whole and not just the flying public.”

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