CLEARWATER TRIBUNE HOME
MAY 13, 2010
Orofino Chamber of Commerce
Back Country Medics on the job in the remotest of places
Nick Albers, along with Ilena Dennison, Steve Laws, and Howard Weeks,
were guests of the Chamber May 5, representing Back Country Medics (
The air ambulance service was
the first medical ambulance in
In the early days of the company, they had to use rubber backpacks and glass IV bottles. Nowadays, they have the most sophisticated medical equipment available including a stretcher that cost $48,500. In 2006, they were licensed as an intermediate level, pre-hospital critical care unit.
The helicopter seats two people in front, the patient, and two attendants. The service is operated with an all-volunteer crew, and they are frequently called upon to go into areas where other services are unable to go. A rescue operation may require them to park the helicopter in one location, and the team to have to hike several miles back to get to a patient.
Sheriff Goetz, also on hand, stated that Back Country Medic pilots and crew know the back country extremely well; they know the mountains and the drainages. Goetz said there are some real benefits to that kind of knowledge.
Clel Fay, of District 2, running for Clearwater County Commissioner and Sheryl Nuxoll, running for the Idaho State Senate in District 8, introduced themselves to members of the chamber.
Judge Michael J. Griffin was also a guest at the meeting. He is running for District Judge.
Fords Creek Pump Service and Glenwood IGA are the two newest members welcomed to the chamber.
Business after hours
The next Business after Hours get-together will be held at Brookside Landing, Thursday, May 13, between and
Mr. Howard Weeks of C-PTPA will visit at the next regular meeting. The meeting is scheduled for May 19, at , at the Ponderosa Restaurant.