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Medical Escorts and Teams: Seasonal Clothing

Are you dressed for the season?

December 12, 2019

12 December, 2019



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Ornge Media

At Ornge, the safety of everyone on board an air ambulance is paramount. This includes ensuring patients and crew members are wearing appropriate clothing for a variety of weather conditions.
If you have been assigned to accompany a patient as a medical escort or as part of a transport team, here’s what you need to know.

We fly into all parts of Ontario. The climate and weather conditions at origin may be very different from what you find at the destination. Sometimes Ornge flights are diverted to a community where the weather is not as you may have expected. Wear appropriate clothing and footwear for the conditions on the ground you are overflying, particularly in winter. If you experience a delay on the ground or if the aircraft becomes stranded in the wilderness, you’ll be glad you did.
Everyday clothes may be adequate on board the aircraft, but you need to be dressed appropriately for unanticipated or emergency landings. As a general rule, you should wear clothes appropriate for spending a significant amount of the day or night outdoors.

  • Dress comfortably.
  • Wear closed-toe, nonslip footwear.

  • Wear or carry a jacket for cool evenings.
  • Wear a winter jacket and closed toe footwear appropriate for the season.
  • Winter boots are strongly encouraged.
  • Gloves/Mitts and toque
  • Winter clothing should be worn in layers so they can be added or removed as temperature changes.
The Ornge Pilot in Command (PIC) has responsibility for the safety of those on board any may prevent someone from boarding the aircraft if the PIC feels his or her clothing is not appropriate for weather conditions.

Help us ensure your safety!  Dress appropriately for the season when flying with Ornge.

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