Area rescue personnel attend credit-earned class

Health Net on display at Base 6 in Buckhannon

BUCKHANNON — On Tuesday, June 14, local fire departments and rescue personnel attended a credit-earned class with the head of the business development for Health Net Air Medical and 17-year Flight Paramedic Veteran Dennis Wilson. Volunteers from the Banks District Volunteer Fire Department, Buckhannon Volunteer Fire Department, Adrian Volunteer Fire Department and Warren District Volunteer Fire Department/Fire Rescue signed up for the class. Also in attendance was Deputy Director of Upshur County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Derek Long.

A PowerPoint was presented including, but not limited to lessons and information on landing zone areas, preparing the landing zones and types of aircrafts used.

According to, “In 1986, a group of West Virginia healthcare leaders met and created a vision for a safe, high-quality, technologically advanced not-for-profit critical care transport system. From that vision, HealthNet Aeromedical Services was born.

From humble beginnings with two medical helicopters, HealthNet Aeromedical Services has grown into a nationally recognized industry leader. With 11 aircraft flying from nine strategically located bases, the program is well-positioned to serve the entirety of Central Appalachia and beyond.”

HealthNet Aeromedical Services can look back with pride on 35 years of service and over 90,000 patients safely cared for.

West Virginia locations include Morgantown, Millwood, Huntington, Beckley, Base 6 in Buckhannon, Martinsburg, Lewisburg and Moundsville, with base 7 in Martin County, Kentucky.

The Training Center features a large classroom, computer lab, four human simulation labs and helicopter and ambulance simulators.

Instruction at the Training Center is provided by clinical educators holding master’s degrees in adult education with a combined total of over 70 years of providing EMS education. Courses range from basic life support to advanced trauma life support programs for emergency physicians are provided to our team members and outside emergency medicine professionals.

Remember our service members, who without them, none of this would be possible. They consistently put their lives at risk to save those within the community and surrounding areas!


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