I don’t usually get to fly shotgun in the helicopter because of our seating configurations in the helicopter. Usually the crewman, paramedic and I are in the back on the way to the patient. While the cameraman sits upfront. (yes, we have a cameraman on board since our rescue service is the subject of a reality TV show that is filmed & broadcast in NZ) …I wouldn’t say its quite the same as Jersey shore, but an interesting depiction of what we do. And when we transport the patient, both the paramedic and I will remain in the back as well. Obviously focused on the patient, so rarely do we get to enjoy the view.
But once we bring the patient to hospital then sometimes if I’m lucky I can get an upgrade to the front seat with the pilot…free of charge.
Here’s a few pics of our recent flight from Hamilton to Auckland.