Hershey Med Center's Life Lion medevac helicopter that flies critically injured/ill patients throughout Pennsylvania.
This feed is the dispatch frequency for Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center's Life Lion medical evacuation helicopter. It is not a repeater so you may hear dispatch more often than the helicopter. In addition, if it sounds like there is no audio, there is just a lull in dispatches for the helicopter.
The radio used is the PRO-2050 with a 1/4 wave antenna atop a chimney north of Hershey in Dauphin County.
The Transport Teams
Flight team is comprised of a pilot, flight nurse and a flight paramedic.
The Pediatric Critical Care Ambulance is staffed by an EMT driver, nurse and a paramedic.
On specialty transports such as organ procurement, neonatal transports, or ECMO a specialty team may accompany the crews.
Each year, transport team members complete training in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Neonatal Resuscitation, and other skills required to care for critically ill and injured patients.
We currently have two American Eurocopter AS365N3 models and one AS365N2 model, commonly known as a Dauphin helicopter.
Cruising speed = 180 mph
Gross weight = 9,400 pounds
Two jet turbine engines that produce 950 horsepower each
Capable of carrying up to 300 gallons (~3 hours) of fuel
Single pilot instrument flight rules rated all weather aircraft
Types of Patients We Fly
About 40% are accident/trauma victims from motor vehicle accidents, falls, industrial or farming accidents, hunting accidents or assaults.
Around 60% are transfers from one healthcare facility to another. These patients are usually critically ill and are in need of higher level of care or specialty care that may not be available at the sending institution.
Life Lion Critical Care Coverage Area
On-scene or accident response is normally within the 10 county south central Pennsylvania region.
We have traveled to all the states surrounding PA for inter-facility transports and regularly go to Philadelphia and Baltimore. These transfers are at the discretion of the sending physician.
Becoming a Life Lion Critical Care Pilot, Paramedic or Nurse
Our pilots are retired Coast Guard and/or Army and not one has been flying less than 20 years. They all have earned many licenses and advanced certifications.
Our paramedics all have extensive backgrounds working in the pre-hospital environment. They have received specialized training to prepare them to care for all types of critically ill patients that Life Lion Critical Care transports. They must maintain a number of different certifications.
Our nurses are all PA Registered Nurses that have backgrounds working in intensive care units and/or emergency departments. They are all certified as pre-hospital health professionals; this is a course that prepares the ICU/ED experienced RN to work outside of the hospital. Most have also worked on ambulance/paramedic ground ambulances sometime in their career. They must maintain numerous different certifications.