Episode 25: Hoist Mission AAR (Part 1)

With Joel Coelho

Joel Coelho joins us to discuss a mission he performed in Northern Iraq which involved hoisting several patients during active combat. Joel is a flight medic, an enlisted flight instructor, and a civilian firefighter paramedic. In this episode, Joel discusses receiving the mission, recognizing the need for additional mission equipment and crew, entering the “stack” air space above the active fight along with close air support (CAS) aircraft, and conducting the first hoist.

Key Points

  • As Jamie Eastman discussed back in episode 12, it is a critical force multiplier to build relationships with adjacent units. In this case, conducting hoist training and setting up “speedballs” or medical push-packs is a great way to establish lines of communication that will pay dividends during complex missions.
  • Establishing priorities of training based on a thorough medical mission analysis by competent medical planners will enable units to perform up to the expected standard. Being too risk adverse to perform necessary training only places crews, helicopters, and casualties at risk during “real-life” operations.

Join us in two weeks for part 2 of this AAR.

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This episode also remembers the crew of an MH-60S Knighthawk Search & Rescue helicopter who were lost at sea on Aug. 31, 2021. Specifically, Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Sarah F. Burns, 31, from Severna Park, MD, and Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Bailey J. Tucker, 21, from St. Louis, MO. The crew was assigned to the ‘Eightballers’ of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 8 aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln. Fair winds and following seas.

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