In emergency services, MUTUAL AID is an agreement among emergency responders to lend assistance across jurisdictional boundaries. This may occur due to an emergency response that exceeds local resources, such as a disaster or a multiple-alarm fire. Mutual aid can be requested when specific specially trained resources are required.
On this call there were 5 different agencies involved in a symphony of cooperation to locate, assess, transport and fly the patient to Enloe Trama Center.
Under the direction of BLFD command officers our local mutual aid responders went directly to the scene, stabilized the patient, assisted Careflight ground ambulance in assessment of the patient, and transport to the landing zone. Meadow Valley Fire arrived and secured the landing zone, took over managing the LZ, assisted the helicopter crew with updates and arrival time of the ground transport until the patient arrived.
BLFD, MVFD, Careflight ground crews, and Enloe Flightcare loaded the patient into the helicopter for the 18 minute flight to Chico, where the patient was admitted into the Trama Center. Without this experienced group of rescue workers putting the patients well being first, it could have been a different outcome. Total time from call to being in front of the ER doctor was less than the coveted 1 hour of the “golden hour” for a positive outcome.