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USGS Employees Tour Neighboring Air Medical Transport Center

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View from bayflite's helipad
View of the USGS' St. Petersburg Science Center and other St. Petersburg, FL, landmarks from Bayflite's helipad. Tampa Bay is in background.
After years of watching the nearby helicopters land and take off, several employees from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)'s St. Petersburg Science Center (CCWS) in St. Petersburg, FL, got a chance to visit the Bayflite Operations Center. Sandy Coffman, Dennis Krohn, Karen Morgan, Russ Peterson, and Dana Wiese accepted the invitation of neighboring Bayfront Medical Center to take a tour of the facility on December 3.

Dawn Jones led the tour and discussed the history of the hospital and the role of Bayflite in the region's emergency-room operations. Pete Silvaggio, Bayflite's communications supervisor, explained how the center is staffed and how the BK-117 helicopters are deployed. The center has been operational since 1986 and has become so successful that local responders routinely refer to "Bayfliting" a patient out. Fortunately, one of the helicopters had just landed, and so the group was able to walk out onto the helipad and view the rescue aircraft. Bill Ratliff, a paramedic on call, explained the medical procedures used during emergency evacuations. The day was picture perfect, and all enjoyed the view of our own small research facility from Bayflite's perch.

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Bill Ratcliff, paramedic for Bayflie, discusses emergency procedures from the back of one of Bayflite's rescue helicopters.

Related Web Sites
St. Petersburg Science Center
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), St. Petersburg, FL
Bayflite Air Medical Transport
St. Petersburg, FL

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