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    Default RE: Another use for GPSrs besides geocaching

    Used the Magellan on Sunday when I gave the coords of the landing zone to one of our Lts. who then relayed them to the Lifeflight pilot.

    Here's the link to the story:

    http://www.wabi.tv/story.asp?12825


    Here are the photos of Lifeflight landing and taking off.

    http://www.geocachingmaine.org/galle...Photos0003.JPG

    http://www.geocachingmaine.org/galle...Photos0004.JPG

    http://www.geocachingmaine.org/galle...Photos0005.JPG

    http://www.geocachingmaine.org/galle...Photos0006.JPG
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    We have GPSr in all our rescues for that one purpose; to give Lifeflight and the Maine Forestry Service coords for patient pick up and water drops. Works really well and saves lots of time for the pilots....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trezurs*-R-*Fun
    We have GPSr in all our rescues for that one purpose; to give Lifeflight and the Maine Forestry Service coords for patient pick up and water drops. Works really well and saves lots of time for the pilots....
    Unity Ambulance has one too . . . but they were a bit busy and apparently never relayed the coords . . . at least over the air -- they might have called the in via cell phone (though I kind of doubt it since they had multiple injuries.)
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    Default I'm shocked...

    ...that with the Magellan coordinates they did not land at the Oxford Race Track.... LOL!!!! Seriously, it is amazing how fast technology has become an important part of our lives. This is just another example. My fire department has not started to use GPSr's yet.

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    So if I was out wandering in the woods one day and injured myself, and by some freak act of nature my cell phone was actually getting a signal, I could call 9-11 give them my coords and they would understand what I was saying?
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    Actually unless you disabled it, some newer cell phones send their position to the emergency responder if you dial 911.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hiram357
    So if I was out wandering in the woods one day and injured myself, and by some freak act of nature my cell phone was actually getting a signal, I could call 9-11 give them my coords and they would understand what I was saying?
    I highly doubt that Lifeflight would take off though and search for you based solely on your cell phone call . . . but if you were able to get in touch with emergency providers I am sure that the Rangers, Game Wardens, Search and Rescue personnnel, etc. would be very familiar with coords . . . you'd want to be sure you let them know what type of coords you're using though.
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    It works great. The only thing that life flight has to remember is, put down the landing gear when they land!!!!!! This is no joke. It happen to us on the Stud Mill Road. OOOOPs, mess.
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