(Al Hartmann | The Salt Lake Tribune)
Curtis Andersen, flight paramedic with Life Flight rises on a hoist line with Utah County Search and Rescue's Toby Norton, (playing an injured person) in rescue net, during a practice drill at Little Dell Reservoir Monday May 5. Paramedics and Life Flight crews practiced a series of "live" hoist rescues to prepare for the upcoming summer season. The hoist rescues covered a number of scenarios in which injured recreationalists are injured or stranded and need to be airlifted to safety. Intermountain Life Flight is the first and only civilian air ambulance in the nation equipped and licensed to perform hoist rescues. A paramedic is lowered to an injured or stranded person on a specially-designed hoist attached to the helicopter. Life Flight operates Agusta twin-engine helicopters equipped for hoist operations that are well suited for high-altitude performance.
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Intermountain Life Flight practiced "hoist rescues" at Little Dell Reservoir Monday, practicing to assist summer hikers and climbers who become injured or stranded.
In a hoist team, specially trained nurses operate the hoist and direct the helicopter pilot, and hoist rescuer paramedics are lowered to the patient and prepare him or her to be lifted out.
Intermountain Life Flight is the first and only civilian air ambulance in the nation equipped and licensed to perform hoist rescues, it said in a statement.