Tuesday, May 21 2013 7:30 AM EDT2013-05-21 11:30:29 GMT
It's not the scenario the Cameron Parish School Board thought they would be facing. "I would like to say that I'm ashamed of Cameron Parish. They voted to pass the road and bridge and the health unitMore >>
The Cameron Parish School Board is searching to offset nearly $4 million after voters decided not to renew to tax propositions earlier this month. As KPLC's Lee Peck reports, while they're set to give it another try, they'll have to find a way to cut costs in the meantime.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 6:57 AM EDT2013-05-21 10:57:10 GMT
The Sunrise Facebook friend of the day for Tuesday, May 21 is Gail Fitzgerald from Grand Lake. If you'd like the chance to be our next Facebook friend of the day, just like the Sunrise Facebook pageMore >>
The Sunrise Facebook friend of the day for Tuesday, May 21 is Gail Fitzgerald from Grand Lake. More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 9:21 PM EDT2013-05-21 01:21:05 GMT
An Anacoco man is accused of shooting at last six people, according to a news release from Vernon Parish Sheriff Sam Craft. No injuries were reported, Craft said. Accused in the case is 31-year-old JamesMore >>
An Anacoco man is accused of shooting at six people, according to a news release from Vernon Parish Sheriff Sam Craft. No injuries were reported, however.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 7:29 PM EDT2013-05-20 23:29:42 GMT
34-year-old Brice Joseph will be arraigned for the Intentional exposure of the AIDS virus after spitting on a police officer while being arrested. "In this case, in incident to an arrest, he was broughtMore >>
Brice Joseph will be arraigned for the Intentional exposure of the AIDS virus after spitting on a police officer while being arrested.
Local News, Weather, Traffic, Sports, Stocks, Movies on your Cell PhoneMore >>
Get local news, weather, sports, and video on your mobile device.More >>
Sunday's accident atop the
I-10 bridge sparked lots of attention after an Air Med helicopter landed twice
on the bridge to air lift victims. Despite the initial shock of seeing a helicopter
land on the bridge, officials with Acadian Ambulance say the bridge is a safe
place to land.
In fact many fire
departments and law enforcement agencies are trained to recognize safe and unsafe
landing zones for choppers.
When an Air Med helicopter arrives,
it's almost certain the accident is serious.
"Acadian's air med helicopters fly the
most first response missions of any service in the nation," said Air Med
Operations Manager Marc Creswell. "We fly 7,000 times a year and we transport
in the neighborhood of 3,000 patients per year."
When the call comes in, the Acadian Ambulance
dispatch center analyzes the call before passing instructions over to the crew.
No matter the severity of the call, Air Med crews must then make sure they're
not putting themselves in danger before taking off.
"The general public probably doesn't understand
everything that goes on in these helicopters," said Creswell. "There's lots of
weather analysis, and there's lots of considerations taken on where we're going
to land at. Where you may see a good clear day, one hour down the road, the
weather could be forecasted to be bad and we may not be able to fly, even
though the prevailing conditions are clear."
If it's clear to fly, Creswell says
the pilot and medic aboard the chopper work with fire departments and law
enforcement agencies on scene to locate a place to land.
Medic Derek Faul arrived on scene
first via ground ambulance to Sunday's accident.
"Once we're there, we're treating the
patients and we have first responders that are trained throughout the year, a
lot of time with fire departments, police and sheriff's departments," said
Faul. "They're going to take charge, they're going to go on the frequency that
we have, that they share with us, and land that helicopter safely."
The choppers can even carry multiple
passengers if necessary.
"If we need it, we can take this seat,
flip it around against the pilot's back right here," said Faul. "We have a
second stretcher that will actually strap in so we can transport two patients
at one time."
Faul has been with Air Med since 2004.
He says the job is rewarding.
"Obviously it's a good feeling," said Faul. "You hate to
see anybody in that condition, because you know that they're suffering and so
is there family. But at the same time, you know you're a part of helping them
and doing the right thing for them."
Air Med also has a helicopter capable of responding
to offshore incidents. They just added a new chopper to their fleet, complete
with weather radar and a higher capability night vision system.