Paramedic Mountain Response!
Great North Air’s special helicopter ambulance service has demonstrated how a jet suit allows a paramedic to quickly reach a distant accident site.
Collaborating with Gravity Industries, the service simulated a situation when a physician needed to help an injured girl in a mountainous area. Using a suit with jet engines inventor Richard Browning was able to reach his destination in just 90 seconds.
The technology will allow the paramedic team to provide assistance, stabilize them and bring in a helicopter much faster, which in some cases could save the patient’s life, Great North Air officials said..
Because the suit consists of small diesel-powered jet engines that sit on the pilot’s back and arms, paramedics will need to be physically fit to use it to hold their bodies long enough. The use of the device is limited to 5-10 minutes of sweating and partially by the terrain, since the pilot will not be able to make a safe landing on a steep slope.
An important factor is the cost of the jet suit: one was recently sold for $ 438,000. However it is cheaper than a helicopter, which also needs a pilot, fuel and maintenance.
text: Ilya Bauer, photo and video: Gravity Industries