HALO-Flight Responds to Mass Casualty Incident
Jul 23, 2012
HALO-Flight, along with numerous emergency medical crews, responded to the scene of Sunday’s motor vehicle crash that took the lives of 14 individuals in Goliad County.
The first of our helicopters to launch was from Corpus Christi around 6:30 p.m., followed seconds later by our aircraft in Alice. Because of the multi-service response, our designated landing site was over 150 yards away from the actual scene.
Picture this…a mile of closed highway, numerous ground ambulances with their crews assessing the victims, three emergency helicopters lined up one right after the other, critical patients being loaded into each aircraft and being airlifted to the regional trauma center, CHRISTUS Spohn Memorial Hospital in Corpus Christi.
When it was all said and done, HALO-Flight flew two patients from the scene and another from CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Beeville to CHRISTUS Spohn Memorial.
“The collaboration from the air and ground emergency medical crews and area hospitals could not have played out any better,” said Randy Endsley, Chief Medical Officer with HALO-Flight. “This isn’t an incident that you get much practice in, but you never would have known it as smooth as the operation went.”
Our hats go off to our medical crews, those of the regional air and ground services that responded to the scene, to the pilots and communications departments that coordinated landing and take-off from both the scene and at area hospitals, and to the area hospitals receiving the critically injured patients.
(Due to our landing zone site, we did not get a chance to witness all that responded. If you participated, we’d love to recognize you. If anyone on scene has any photos or video footage, please feel free to share.)