CISM - A non-profit helicopter emergency medical service for south Texas.

Angelica "Jellie" Requenez, RN, CCRN, CEN, CCEMT-P, LPDirector of Education

Angelica “Jellie” Requenez, RN, CCRN, CEN, CCEMT-P, LP
Director of Education

Annually, HALO-Flight responds to a variation of medical and traumatic emergencies; many of which make local headline news and occasionally, national news. Stress is a common response to our work environment and is shared by other emergency personnel and healthcare professionals. How we manage our stress is dependent upon a multitude of factors involved. Each event is unique and each person’s response to stress varies, as well. The stress becomes problematic when the affected individual is unable to manage their stress by means of their usual coping mechanisms. In such instances, the unmanageable stress can affect the individual’s work performance, home environment, social relationships and health; essentially, every aspect of the person’s life.

Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) is an intervention protocol developed specifically for dealing with traumatic events. It is a formal, highly structured and professionally recognized process for helping those involved in a critical incident share their experiences, vent emotions, and learn about common stress reactions and symptoms. If required, persons are given a referral to a mental health expert for further assistance. While it is not psychotherapy; it is sometimes referred to as ‘psychological first aid’. The process is voluntary and confidential.

CISM was first developed for use with military combat veterans. It has now been adapted and used in numerous areas where there is a need to address traumatic impact in people’s lives, such as police, fire, ambulance, emergency workers and disaster rescuers. Such critical incidents in which people benefited from intervention include the following events: Columbine High School Shooting (4/19/1999), World Trade Center (9/11/2001), Hurricane Katrina (08/25/2005), Newtown School Shooting (12/14/2012). These heinous events not only affected the victims and their families but also emergency personnel and other rescue workers that had to deal with the acute nature of the emergency.

The purpose for hosting these courses is to be able to provide CISM to people affected by critical incidents. We are in the process of collaborating with the CBRAC and other agencies in order to establish a Multi-Disciplinary Regional CISM Team for South Texas.

Future course offerings for CISM Interventionist training and subspecialty training are currently in the planning phase. For more information about HALO-Flight’s Educational Offerings, please contact Angelica Requenez at or call 361.265.0509.


On April 3-4, 2013 we hosted an Advanced CISM Interventionist Course. 31 participants attended that course. The participants were comprised of local Registered Nurses, EMS personnel, Fire Fighters, Chaplains, Pastors, Social Workers and Licensed Mental Health Professionals. Among the participants for the Advanced CISM course, was a Psychotherapist who traveled from Rome, Italy to attend this course with plans to initiate the same training in Rome.

Our Executive Director, Tom Klassen, has been nominated as a finalist in the Caller-Times’ Healthcare Heroes program. Over 100 entries were submitted for the six categories in this first-time event. We are happy to announce that Tom is one of the three finalists in the administrative category.

Tom Klassen

Health Care Heroes Program

Health Care Heroes is a program of the Corpus Christi Caller-Times that recognizes excellence in care and service and educates the community about best practices to enhance the value and quality care in the Coastal Bend Area.

An independent panel of judges will select the winners from each category.

Tom and the other finalists will be honored at a luncheon on Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The 2013 HALO-Flight State Championship Cook-Off presented by Pepsi and Stripes held this past weekend was a huge success! Many thanks to event sponsors, vendors, judges, volunteers, committee members, and HALO-Flight staff for their time and commitment to help make this event possible. 49 cook teams participated in this year’s event. Thank you to all who participated and congratulations to all of the cook-off winners!

Presenting Sponsors:

Media Sponsor:
Grande Communications

Diamond HALO Sponsor:

Gold HALO Sponsor:
Gold Master Jewelers

Silver HALO Sponsors:
Nabors Completion and Productions Services
TEAM Industrial Services
Hub City Overhead Door Company, Inc.
Hans Brothers Industries
Wright Materials
J.J. Fox Construction, Inc.
Bimbo Bakeries USA

Very special thanks to:
Ainsworth Trucking
Avenue 1 Records and Roy Solis, Jr.
L & F Distributors
Gulf Coast Racing – Bet By the Bay
Corpus Christi Disposal
TFC Rehearsal Studios
Scott Electric
Chicas Rock Music Camp

HALO-Flight looks forward to developing this event. Your constructive feedback is important to us. Please send all remarks to Debbie Vickery, Development Director, at

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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.)