Taking Care of Our Own – Tammi Wallace Wood – “Beneath Our Wings You Will Find Refuge”
Since 2005, MedEvac Foundation International has worked tirelessly towards “Taking Care of Our Own” by funding research, providing continuing education and scholarships and grants that assist surviving families in the event of tragedy. The Foundation spreads the message that air medical and critical care ground transport saves lives and the people who do that work need unique mental health and wellness support from the communities they serve and from the siblings in the EMS industry.
By collaborating with the global medical transport community, we continue to learn from each other and promote safe practices and self-care. Most importantly, the Foundation’s “Taking Care of Our Own – Help Is On The Way” initiative is there for EMS first-responders and their families.
An on-going series of presentations and conversations with experts around expanding wellness and practicing self-care in order to prevent or mitigate depression, burn-out or PTSD and foster resiliency.
Brought to the community by MedEvac Foundation International in partnership with the Association of Air Medical Services as part of our signature Taking Care of Our Own – Help Is On The Way mental health and wellness programming.
The Family Grant Fund offers financial assistance to families of air medical and critical care ground transport crew members immediately following a fatal or serious accident to cover unanticipated costs. The Fund was created to assist with expenses such as travel and lodging, a leave of absence from work, childcare, and medical and bereavement services.
The grant is paid directly to the affected family and does not need to be applied for or repaid.
The tragedy of a medical transport accident is permanent and will last a lifetime, especially when children are involved. In an effort to respond to this need, the Foundation developed a higher education scholarship for children who have lost a parent or had a parent seriously injured in an air medical or critical care ground transport accident. Selected applicants will be awarded a one-time scholarship.
It was an incredibly important experience for me to win the 2012 MedEvac Foundation Children’s Scholarship. Knowing I was being supported by the work of my father, who passed away working to help others, was really special for me.
Geoff D., Children’s Scholarship recipient
Vision Zero addresses the essential components of building a community culture of safety. At its core, Vision Zero is a symbol of the medical transport community’s safety awareness and vigilance. Education, awareness and vigilance are used collaboratively to enhance the safety culture community-wide. The Foundation is proud to provide funding that has revitalized this critical AAMS safety initiative.
Helicopter Shopping Video
This video provides an education curriculum to inform requesting agencies (i.e. dispatch centers, emergency rooms, etc) about the limitations of helicopters during hazardous weather conditions. The purpose is to eliminate “helicopter shopping” – when a requesting agency calls several air medical programs asking them to transport a patient after other programs have declined the flight due to weather conditions. This video is free and may be reproduced to distribute to requesting agencies throughout the community.
To request a copy, please contact the Foundation office
The Digital Safety Stories present personal stories concerning safety issues of those working on the front lines of the transport industry. Each participant has a different story to share with their peers to enhance our safety culture. Most of the stories do not involve an actual crash, but the everyday occurrences of becoming complacent, not speaking up for whatever reason, or not being prepared. Some involve doing the right thing such as the positive impact of safety training, using night vision goggles, and utilizing restraints.