Pilot Alexis Scully – US Army National Guard: FLIR | The World’s Sixth Sense

Pilot Alexis Scully – US Army National Guard: FLIR | The World’s Sixth Sense


We provide search and rescue missions for
the state of Oregon. So say a hiker got lost on Mount Hood. They’ll call us up
and ask us to come out and either look for them or if, say they fell and got hurt, rescue them. It’s usually in an area where we can’t get search and rescue on
foot, so they send a helicopter out. We have a crew chief and a medic that come
with us. So, if we are unable to land on the mountain, the crew chief
will send the medic down on the JP and medic will treat the victim on the ground and then
we’ll bring them up into the aircraft from there and bring them back to the
hospital. We’ve had some that have been at pretty high altitudes and pretty severe
winds and weather so it’s just making sure that we keep the aircraft in a safe
position as well for our crews. The technology does help for
seeing people on the ground, especially when there are extreme temperature
differences. So if we can see their body heat in a cold environment during night
missions as well, it helps because visibility is limited. I
really wanted to go medevac because it’s a mission that I’m
passionate about, being able to give back to my community, and being there on someone’s scariest day of
their life and trying to make it better is a privilege and an opportunity that I truly
appreciate.

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