Working at STAR Flight  is both exciting and challenging. Our unique mission profile creates a diverse and exciting environment to work in, but also places many demands and requirements on crews to remain skilled and proficient. Training is a continuous, year-round process for all STAR Flight  crewmembers involving more than one hundred hours of training a year.

All of our medical crews are qualified as Helicopter Rescue Specialists (HRS). After several years of demonstrated competence in that capacity, individuals are eligible to become certified as a Crew Chief/Hoist Operator (HOP). STAR Flight  Crew Chiefs are required to maintain qualification as both HRS and Crew Chief/HOP.

We are frequently asked, “What does it take to work at a place like STAR Flight ?” Below is a partial list of the on-going/yearly requirements to maintain medical/rescue qualification:

Maintain state & system licensure as Registered Nurse and/or Paramedic

Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)

Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)

National level Critical Care Transport certification – CFRN/FP-C/CCEMTP

Competency training in advanced practice skills such as invasive line monitoring, needle thoracotomies, intraosseous line insertion (adult/pediatric), and administration/monitoring of blood products

Advanced airway maneuvers (endotracheal intubation, nasotracheal intubation, surgical airway insertion) and Pharmaceutically-assisted intubation (aka. Rapid Sequence Intubation)

Use of ultrasound device to perform FAST exams

In-hospital clinical rotations to Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric ICU, Neonatal ICU, Operating Department – Anesthesiology, Special Procedures, Emergency Department, and Cardiac Cath Lab.

Ground Rescue Operations including:

  • Rappelling
  • Patient securing methods (high/low angle environments)
  • Search techniques
  • Moving/still water rescue
  • Basic in-water patient management

Demonstrated competency in following helicopter rescue modalities & skills (day & night):

  • Short-haul
  • Rescue swimmer water deployment
  • Rescue swimmer water skills (search, recovery, patient management)
  • In-water use of patient litter
  • In-water use of rescue strop
  • Ability to safely secure patients from water, trees, and high/low angle slopes

STAR Flight  is committed to providing advanced medicine to any patient, anytime, anywhere. This requires an intensive training and education program.


Josh Davies | MA, CEM
County Executive

Casey Ping
Chief Deputy/Director of Emergency Medical Services/STAR Flight
(512) 854-6460

Chuck Spangler
Director of Aviation
(512) 854-3708

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