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Intermountain practices helicopter rescues as summer approaches

First Published      Last Updated May 05 2014 04:35 pm

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.