Program Manager’s Safety Philosophy

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As the Program Director, I am responsible for the general welfare of the personnel and equipment entrusted to STAR Flight for the safe performance of our duties. A sound safety program is the key management tool that allows me to carry out my responsibilities. It is my personal responsibility to create, foster and maintain a culture of safety within the organization that seamlessly translates into an attitude, both on a personal and professional level, which is embraced and adopted by each individual.

Management is responsible for fostering a culture of safety within the organization. STAR Flight managers must not only be leaders, they must also be partners in safety to ensure that the standards and established procedures are periodically reviewed for appropriateness, disseminated, understood and followed by all. It means that where operational decisions must be made, they are made prudently, with safety an integral part of mission success.

Individuals involved in aviation operations play the critical role in the safe and successful outcome of all program activities. They are on the front lines of ground and flight operations and directly contribute to safety on a daily basis by keeping their procedural knowledge and skills honed to a professional edge. The result is a flight crewmember completely familiar with all regulations, policies and guidelines, who is always fully prepared to make critical, informed and safe decisions both on the ground and in the air.

I understand that public safety helicopter operations have inherent risk. Training scenarios contribute directly to increased risk. However, the benefit gained by the acceptance of that training risk will aid in greatly mitigating the inherent risk involved during actual missions. We will manage this risk by applying appropriate risk mitigation methods until the overall risk is reduced to an acceptable level.

Safety cannot be legislated or mandated; aviation programs attain success by fostering and inspiring a safety attitude which is the foremost priority.

With a safety awareness attitude, professional flight crewmembers and appropriate equipment/training, the overall risk inherent to aviation operations can be greatly reduced and mishaps can be prevented. A persistent and unyielding commitment to safe, professional conduct by all personnel is paramount to achieving mishap prevention and successful risk management.

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Charles Brotherton
County Executive

Chuck Spangler
Program Director

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