North Bend, WA -- There are many reasons to see Airlift Northwest touch down, gunshot wounds, motor vehicle accidents, hiking accidents, and falls. When seconds count, they can arrive in no time. Today, however, there is no emergency. Instead, the life-saving team arrives to make a courtesy call at Camp Eyabsut, a summer camp for burn survivors. Many of the kids know the helicopter all too well.
Seven year old Jacob Tennesen suffered third degree burns when he accidentally fell into a fire, "I didn't know about fire safety, I fell head first, my navy hat saved my life. If I wasn't wearing it my long beautiful hair would have been burned off," he says. Jacob also thanks Airlift Northwest for giving him critical care when he needed it most.
Burn victim James Morales was a passenger in a similar helicopter. "If it wasn't for them, I wouldn't be standing here right now", he said.
Eight year old Gwyneth Sanger-Buckley was also transported by helicopter after she was severely burned. "I grabbed the hot water when I wasn't supposed to and it spilt on my leg."
It's the mission of Airlift Northwest to serve communities throughout the area by saving lives wherever needed, 24 hours a day, every day. Flight nurses Jill DeBruyn, Lisa Davidson and the other teams at Airlift Northwest transported more than two thousand patients in Western Washington last year.
"If we can decrease that that transport time, so we are not driving, but we are flying and put experts on board to take care of the patients at the same time, it increases quality of life and long term outcome," said Davidson.
Airlift Northwest has a partnership with first responders and hospital providers throughout the "WAMI' region, Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho.
Find out more about Camp Eyabsut: http://www.campeyabsut.org/
Find out more about Airlift Northwest: http://www.uwmedicine.org/airlift-nw