If you’re a paramedic, physician or other medical professional; law enforcement, fire or public safety professional; or industrial safety officer, the following additional information on emergency-related services is recommended for you.
Samaritan Safety/Landing Guidelines
The Parkview Samaritan Flight Program Fact Sheet contains information on operations, the aircraft and the crew, as well as several service statistics.
When to call Samaritan
Who is authorized to summon the Samaritan helicopters? Only individuals in certain emergency, medical and safety roles: physicians, nurses, emergency medical services personnel, police and fire officials, and industrial safety personnel.
The decision to summon Parkview Samaritan is based on the judgment of emergency care personnel at the scene of the injury or at the area hospital where a patient needs transportation. No one can foresee all situations where
Parkview Samaritan will be needed, but call Samaritan if:
• The patient’s condition warrants urgent transportation to
a critical care institution.
• The local emergency care system does not provide
advanced life support (ALS), or if ALS is unavailable.
• Response by local paramedics would be 20 minutes
• Transportation of the patient is delayed by entrapment,
traffic congestion, vehicle failure, weather, or terrain.
• The patient is a long distance from a hospital.
• Transportation by local ambulances would hamper their
ability to respond to other emergencies.
• The patient requires advanced procedures not provided by
Focus on safety
When one of the Samaritan helicopters lands at the scene of an auto crash, farm accident, house fire or other event, the region’s fire and EMS systems prepare the landing zone and maintain safety.
Parkview takes measures to enhance safety of its patients and crew. Parkview Samaritan is an Instrument Flight Rules (IFR)-certified medical flight program in Indiana. IFR certification means that Samaritan helicopters can safely fly by instrument guides in certain types of weather for which flight may not be allowed by Visual Flight Rules.
Samaritan Fly-along Program
The Parkview Samaritan flight service offers a fly-along program specifically for emergency response personnel. Individuals must be age 18 or older to be eligible and meet the following criteria:
Height: 6’2” or shorter
Weight: 200 lbs. or less (no more than 210 lbs. fully clothed with footwear and necessary outerwear)
Physically capable of entering and exiting the aircraft without difficulty
Body frame must fit into assigned seat, with four-point safety belt in place, without interfering with patient care operations
To be considered for a fly-along, an individual must complete the application form and return it to the Samaritan flight office. Applications must be approved by the director of Flight Services before individuals are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. Each fly-along guest will be weighed on the day of the scheduled fly-along, to ensure accurate weight and balance of the aircraft.
For additional information, call (800) 727-8439 or
Applications may be mailed to:
Attn: Flight Services
c/o Ken Strong
Parkview Regional Medical Center
11109 Parkview Plaza Drive
Fort Wayne, IN 46845