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Training Helps Expand Rescue Capabilities


May 31, 2005

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Jerry Kiffer - KVSR
Photo by Dick Kauffman

Ketchikan, Alaska - The Ketchikan Volunteer Search and Rescue (KVSR) recently provided training to Guardian Flight medics and nurses which will increased local search and rescue response capability during weather that will not allow planes and helicopters to fly to outlying islands for medical transport. 

The training provided by Jerry Kiffer and four other members of the Ketchikan Volunteer Search and Rescue to five Guardian Flight personnel will help to expand the capabilities of a service making sure that the residents and tourists in the area receive the best medical care if they need it.  Additionally, if air transport is not available, transport can be done by sea.
Although the scope and capabilities are expanded, safety is a primary concern.  KVSR has guidelines in place that allow the crew and medical team to operate safely in inclement weather. 

Ketchikan Station Manager for Guardian Flight Ed Fry said, "Thanks to Jerry Kiffer, his well trained staff, and KVSR we feel very safe responding with them in a medical need." 



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Group shot of Guardian Flight Personnel: Jason Harris RN, Ed Fry Paramedic, Chris Roussel Paramedic, and James Smart Paramedic (before water entry)  Not pictured, Jason Cerovac. 
Photo by Jason Cerovac.

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Guardian Flight Personnel: Ed Fry, Chris Roussell, Jason Harris, James Smart.
Not pictured, Jason Cerovac. 
Photo by Jason Cerovac


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