Silver Bow Kiwanis

Silver Bow Kiwanis Kiwanis Club Meeting, Feb 17, '15

12:00-1:00 Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Larger map and driving directions

Butte Perkins
2900 Harrison Ave.
Butte, MT 59701

Today we were joined by Randy, Reno, and David from the Circle K, Connor, Frank, Seamus, and Alysa from the Key Club, and Kt's friend (and Betsy's daughter) AmyJo.

This week Circle K is meeting Tuesday night at 5:30 in the Pintler Room in the SUB and Key Club is meeting at 11:56 in the Central High Library. The Builder's Club voted last week to donate the money from their bake sale to the animal shelter.

Alysa let us know that she and Seamus attended our board meeting two weeks ago to request funding to help Key Club members attend their District Convention in March. Some members of the Key Club are eligible for scholarships or recognition that they must be in attendance to receive, and some members of our Key Club are running for district office and must be attending to be elected. The board agreed to fund up to 20 attendees at $75 each.

Reno let us know that the Circle K is looking for assistance running concessions and managing the judge's break room for the Science Fair at Tech on February 23. They are particularly looking for assistance between the hours of 10am and 2pm when nearly all the Circle K members have class, but will gladly accept volunteers any time between 7am and 5pm.

There is a meeting about the public pool at the Emma Park Center at 6 on Monday for those interested in information about that project.

Cathy then introduced Amber from Life Flight Network to talk about their services. Amber is fascinated with history and loves visiting Butte where she can always learn something new.

Life Flight has 17 bases in the northwest, and is working on opening another. With their newest base in Idaho, they became the largest non-profit air ambulance service in the country. They run 19 helicopters and several fixed wing aircraft. Their helicopters travel at a standard speed of 170mph, though they can go faster if absolutely necessary. They usually remain within a 1 hour range of about 175 miles, but can extend to 200 miles. They use the fixed wing aircraft for longer flights, such as taking a patient from Butte to Seattle or Salt Lake for specialized care.

Life Flight uses AugustaWestland A119 Koala helicopters. One of the advantages of this model is that they can "hot load," meaning that they do not need to stop the rotors to get a patient on or off the helicopter. This can save up to fifteen minutes on either end of a flight, and even a little time can make a difference in ambulance transport.

Each of their bases runs like a larger fire department. They are staffed 24 hours and have people ready to leave at a moment's notice. Each flight will have a paramedic, a pilot and an RN. Life Flight helicopters all carry 2 units of blood, which allows them to address all forms of trauma events. Their medical staff are required to have at least 5 years of full-time emergency room work before coming on to Life Flight, and their pilots have to have 5,000 hours of helicopter air time.

Life Flight sells memberships at an annual rate to help offset their costs. Members receive, should they need use of an air ambulance, necessary transport at a discounted rate. In many cases this means that your insurance policy's emergency transport coverage will cover air ambulance as well. Check with your insurance carrier to learn how much your policy covers.

Amber Hanes-Miller, Life Flight Network
Open Faced Turkey Dinner
Event Updated
10:45 Wednesday, February 18, 2015