ALS is coming!
Paramedichutes is pleased to be able to share with you here that our next line of chutes for larger, heavier payloads is on the way and will be ready very soon. What’s next? Our Advanced Landing System (ALS) line. These are for payloads heavier than anything in our BLS range –typical weights for large L2 and L3 projects –the big boys!
Fun facts: In Pennsylvania (where we are and hold our certification), QRS, BLS, and ALS are levels of service in prehospital emergency medicine. A QRS is a non-transporting unit (usually in an SUV) that’s locally dispatched, and can arrive on-scene quickly to start assessment and provide basic treatment on-scene until a transporting unit can arrive. While they’re not really needed in the cities, there’s a lot of rural country in PA, and having an EMT arrive in 10 mins vs. a half hour or so can really make a difference.
BLS, here, is Basic Life Support. This is an ambulance, which has a pair of EMTs (usually) on it, and can do everything the QRS can do, as well as treat while transporting to the emergency room. These guys can do a lot, from pulling traction to childbirth to using an AED.
ALS, is Advanced Life Support. These are the paramedics –who have a lot more tools and can do a lot more for a sick or injured patient than the EMTs can. They can start IVs, intubate (put in breathing tubes), perform cardiac pacing, and even some surgeries –such as a tracheostomy (cutting the neck to put a breathing tube in).
For us, though, we get enough of that on the full-time (and part-time) gig. On this page, ALS is a parachute made with heavy thread, for heavy payloads. They all have at least 12-gores (compared to the BLS 8), and thus, more shroud lines to bring down those big projects. We should have them added to the site soon, and look forward to sharing them with you!