FORT ST. JOHN, B.C – TEAAM Aeromedical is looking to launch in Fort St. John this summer, and has started recruiting for their non-profit air ambulance service.
The city would be home to its third base, designated TEAAM 3, with TEAAM 2 and 3 operating in Prince George and Squamish, respectively.
Technical Evacuation Advanced Aero Medical Society, or TEAAM for short, is made up of paramedics and physicians dedicated to providing crucial life support and training in long-line helicopter rescues.
“We’re actively recruiting medical and rescue staff to be able to put the base together,” said President Miles Randell. “From there, we’ll start fundraising fairly soon to equip the base appropriately.”
The organization is looking for 30 members to be paid on call, including paramedics, nurses, or physicians licensed to practice in B.C., and those with military, ski patrol, or search and rescue backgrounds.
“It’s very much a multi-disciplinary group. At our other bases in Prince George and Squamish we’ve got physicians, critical care nurses, emergency nurses, support paramedics, and primary care paramedics,” said Randell. “We hope to replicate that at the Fort St John base as well.”
He added that applications as far New Zealand and Australia have been received.
“It’s an incredible talent pool that’s reaching out to us, so we just have to make sure that we’re able to support that skill set,” Randell, noting a July launch is the plan.
Bailey Helicopters will supply the wings for the job.
“We’ll be using them for both our Fort St John and Prince George bases,” confirmed Randell, noting that Blackcomb Helicopters remains their partner in Squamish.
The service will have the capability of long-line and hoist rescue by helicopter, as well as swift-water rescue, auto extrication, mountain rescue, and other aspects such as structural collapse and HAZMAT capabilities.