Life flight could be gaining a whole new meaning in the United Kingdom. Paramedics may soon be strapping on jet packs in order to quickly respond to victims that are difficult to reach by vehicle, helicopter, or boat.
According to a BBC piece, the Great North Air Ambulance Service in northern England has begun testing a jet pack. They are so pleased and impressed with the results, that they plan to field the first jet suits in the summer of 2021.
Andy Mawson, a member of the Great North Air Ambulance Service, said, “What we didn’t know for sure is how this would work in practice. Well, we’ve seen it now and it is, quite honestly, awesome.”
The need for a jet pack-powered paramedic is not a far-fetched need. In higher elevation areas, rescue helicopters or ambulances cannot make it directly to a patient. This often results in paramedics having to hike to the patient, often spending at least 25 minutes doing so. This wastes precious time. With a jet pack being capable of flying 80 mph, that 25-minute walk turns into a 90-second ride to the patient.