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Created by AAMS, and funded by the MedEvac Foundation International, the Vision Zero initiative addresses the essential components of building a community culture of safety. Vision Zero looks to provide the free exchange of safety information for anyone in the industry seeking to improve their program’s safety infrastructure or culture, as well as their own personal safety culture.


Vision Zero offers tools to improve safety that can be easily implemented by any program, and are readily available to any individual along the continuum of a patient transport – aircrew, medical crew, flight support crew, and dispatchers.

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Learn from great content in the form of articles authored by AAMS members that directly relate to aviation or patient safety.  If you are interested in submitting content, please contact Blair Beggan at

Stepping Up to the Task
Submitted by Jason Hill, Base Maintenance Technician, Carilion Clinic Life-Guard/Med-Trans Corporation

“Guys, you can make money as an Airframe and Power plant mechanic with the skills I’m going to teach you in this class.”

This was the introduction I had to this crusty old Instructor named Rupert at Colorado Aero Tech many years ago.  I had just finished a six year enlistment in the Army as a Helicopter mechanic prior to attending Colorado Aero Tech.  I had no idea what FAA regulations were, or how they would apply to me as a future AMT.  All I knew was, I had acquired a love of maintaining these amazing machines in the Army and I wanted to do the same thing in the Civilian sector.  Read on…  

What will it take to reach VISION ZERO?
Submitted by David Ellis, IAFCCP Board President

What is the one factor that can’t be legislated, trained, or purchased to help us achieve that year we all dream of: the Vision Zero year? We have always held the belief that weather is the big killer in HEMS. But is this really the case?  Read on

If we fail, we fail together. Train for success.
Submitted by Miles Dunagan, NEMSPA Board of Directors, 10 year HAA Pilot

Every now and then you are asked to participate in something much larger than you realize. Unknowingly you say, “Sure, I’d love to!”, but then you start to feel the gravity of the project, and those you would be representing through your participation. My crew and I took part in just such a project the week before Christmas 2015.  We were invited by the HAI Safety Committee to take part in a project similar to the Pressure Point Videos produced many years ago by the FAA. Read on

Keeping Our Shared Air Space a Safe Air Space
Submitted by Susan Smith, Program Director; Ty Le Roy, Base Aviation Manager; Nick Mattheisen, Business Development Manager, Carilion Clinic Life-Guard 

As we all know, drone use is on the rise. While we recognize the value of drones in our national air space system, we also know that the advancement of this technology and its proliferation are moving faster than regulatory bodies can keep up with. Therefore, it is up to each HEMS program to find ways to work creatively to ensure that our shared air space remains a safe air space.  Read on

Fashion Vs. Function– Just how necessary is fire resistant clothing within the HEMS industry? Part 2
Submitted by Darrin Buchta B.S., NRP, FP-C

If you are returning for Part 2, welcome back!  If you haven’t had the chance to read Part 1 yet, take time to go back and read it first!  Without knowing the overall importance of fire resistant clothing within our industry, what you are about to read might not strike as much of a chord with you.  Read on

Fashion Vs. Function– Just how necessary is fire resistant clothing within the HEMS industry? Part 1
Submitted by Darrin Buchta B.S., NRP, FP-C

It seems simple enough right? We operate in temperature extremes, harsh environments, performing physically and mentally demanding tasks; all in the blink of an eye. Sometimes, they must be carried out by waking from a deep sleep or even mid bite from our long awaited holiday dinner. All of this must be accomplished without forsaking comfort; after all, we must be ready in a moment’s notice, during all hours of our shift yet have functional clothing that will weather the extremes that we will be subject to when the time to work comes calling.  Read on

Stacy Fiscus, Vision Zero Chair, shares her thoughts on HEMS safety and challenges her fellow crewmembers…

Humans are not perfect.

I heard recently that, by nature, humans make between two and twelve errors every hour. Some aviation studies in Europe have proven this number to be even higher. Considering this information, it doesn’t necessarily surprise me that we have our current air medical accident rate, nor the rate of line of duty deaths across the public service spectrum. However, in our job as flight crew we often work with at least two other crewmembers at any given time. In almost every EMS job, you have at least one partner. In firefighting, you generally have an entire team looking after each other. Is error really so common that we all can be making the same error at the exact same time?  Apparently.  Read on

Vision_Zero_ToolboxFree exchange of safety tools!

Visit the Vision Zero Toolbox today to submit a best practice
to benefit the transport community!

All medical transport programs have best practices in place that would absolutely benefit the SAFETY of medical transport worldwide.  The Vision Zero Toolbox is the perfect repository to share your program’s best practice(s) with fellow transport teams.  The toolbox is a free safety resource, accessible to anyone and everyone.  It is designed on the four pillars of a Safety Management System – Safety Risk Management, Safety Policy, Safety Promotion and Safety Assurance.

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image_PTE3617AAMSChallengeCoinFrontHighResGet your Vision Zero Challenge Coin!  
Challenge coins were born out of military tradition and symbolize honor, respect, duty, accountability, and esprit de corps. The Vision Zero challenge coin is not only a symbol, but also a tool to help bring focus individually and industry-wide to the human factors that impact crews getting home safely.  Order challenge coin(s) for you and your team!


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Vision Zero, at its core, is a symbol of the medical transport community’s safety awareness and vigilance.  You, the people who work in and around emergency vehicles are Vision Zero.  You are the silver bullet. By educating and consistently raising awareness, the transport community, in a grassroots effort, will embrace this “vision” and the result WILL be a reduction … no … an elimination of unnecessary errors of consequence. This is the power of Vision Zero.




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