Health First | "Commonwealth One" takes flight
SCRANTON (WOLF) —
It's called "Commonwealth One" and it's more than an ambulance in the sky.
The highly trained pilot, certified flight nurse and paramedic on-board are transporting and treating emergencies from obstetrics and neonatal to trauma victims to cardiac and surgical patients.
Certified flight nurse Bill Terry says his job is intense but there is downtime for which he's grateful, because it means there's no serious emergency that needs "Commonwealth One's" services at that moment.
But when that call comes in...
"Then when we get going, like 0 to 65. What started out as a calm day, everything gets very quick," Bill Terry said.
What surprises people, the general public and the team is the very limited space inside "Commonwealth One."
The space may be small but it's big enough for the team to perform life-saving procedures, even under the most extreme conditions.
Those conditions that require nerves of steel compared to things the rest of us do every day.
"Have you ever driven on 81? I feel safer in this right now," Terry said.
So when you see Commonwealth One flying overhead, you know the team is rising to the occasion once again and they ask that you think of just one thing:
"I would say pray for that person being transported. They're very injured or very sick, we see the sickest of the sick," Terry added.