Safety Committee


--Criteria for Flight
--Helicopter Safety
--Establishing a Landing Zone
--Communicating with the Aircraft
--Landing Zone Security
Download the HELICOPTER SAFETY & LANDING ZONE TRAINING Powerpoint Presentation

Landing Zone Safety Lecture

OACCT has developed this landing zone lecture as a standard presentation to be used by all Ohio flight programs when providing landing zone education. The intent is to provide universal information that is applicable to all aircrafts and programs, and to enhance the education of Ohio pre-hospital providers on creating safe landing zones for medical helicopters. It is asked that all member programs utilize this presentation in its entirety as part of their programs landing zone safety curriculum. It is acceptable to add program specific slides at the beginning or end if desired. If you have any questions, please contact Amanda Ball via email at or via phone at (614) 395-8338.
View the LZ Safety Powerpoint Presentation

State of Ohio HEMS Communication Plan

In June 2008, a catastrophic mid-air collision near Flagstaff, AZ resulted in the death of two patients, five rotor-wing crewmembers and the destruction of two aircraft. In order to mitigate the potential of this occurrence in our state, the Ohio Association of Critical Care Transport (OACCT) has elected to develop this document, and the Air Medical Providers (AMPs), providing helicopter EMS, who are OACCT members agree to its content, in an effort to enhance safety amongst and between helicopters operating in the same geographical region.

View the State of Ohio HEMS Communication Plan in PDF format

Recommended procedures for requesting and communicating with medical helicopters in the state of Ohio in PDF format

Heliport standards

OACCT has taken a position to promote safe operations and to help reduce risks by holding hospitals to a minimum requirement standard for helicopters using hospital helipads. We require that hospitals follow current FAA Air Circular 150/5390-2A and CAMTS accreditation standards to enhance safety for helicopter operations within the State of Ohio. The OACCT member program in your area can also provide specific answers to your questions. Please visit the Members page for a complete listing of OACCT members. In addition, the following links provide detailed information on current standards.

View the US DOT Heliport Design Advisory Circular in PDF format

View the CAMTS Heliport Standards in PDF format

View the Helipad Risk Assessment in Microsoft Excel format

2017 OACCT Safety Meeting Minutes

All in PDF format

August, 2017
July, 2017
June, 2017
May, 2017
March, 2017
January, 2017

2016 OACCT Safety Meeting Minutes

All in PDF format

November, 2016
September, 2016
July, 2016
May, 2016
March, 2016

2015 OACCT Safety Meeting Minutes

All in PDF format

November, 2015
March, 2015
January, 2015

2013 OACCT Safety Meeting Minutes

All in PDF format

June, 2013
May, 2013
April, 2013
March, 2013
January, 2013

2012 OACCT Safety Meeting Minutes

All in PDF format

November, 2012
September, 2012
July, 2012
May, 2012
March, 2012
January, 2012

2011 OACCT Safety Meeting Minutes

All in PDF format

December, 2011
November, 2011

Association of Air Medical Services

The FAA has sent a letter to State EMS Directors and Officials informing them of the dangers of helicopter shopping, the practice in which a second air medical program is called after a first has turned the flight down without informing the second program of the reason the flight was turned down by the first. The FAA is very concerned about this issue, since the practice can have serious, sometimes fatal, consequences for the air medical crew that is not properly informed. The FAA plans to make this letter available to hospital administrators and 911 centers as well.

View the AAMS letter to EMS agencies addressing helicopter shopping in PDF format

Commission of Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS)

View the Accreditation Standards, 9th Edition in PDF format