The eight-point Maltese Cross is the international symbol of the fire service’s willingness to make great sacrifices in order to protest others from the ravages of fire. It is a badge of courage and honor and it story is hundreds of years old.
The University of Michigan Survival Flight dropped in on us at the June 27th LCFA meeting in Hadley. U of M operates three twin engine Bell 430 helicopters. Each Chopper is capable of carrying 2 patients but prefers to only carry one for patient care reasons. The two-person medical crew ( plus pilot ), a full complement of life support equipment and avionics and communications equipment. The survival flight helicopters fly at an average speed of 172 miles per hour, but can reach speeds up to 200. Survival flight serves an air mile radius around Ann Arbor of approximately 200 nautical miles.