Presentation is aimed at those involved in public safety-related aviation

Posted on July 30, 2013 

Join LifeMed Alaska staff on Wednesday, August 7  in welcoming Jonathan Godfrey to Alaska as he presents “Max Impact - A Story of Survival.”   The event will be held from 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. at the Bear Tooth Theater.


This presentation is open to anyone involved in public safety-related aviation in Alaska, even on an occasional basis (i.e., crews, pilots, mechanics, dispatchers involved in medevac, law enforcement, forestry).   You are encouraged to forward this invitation to colleagues or anyone who may be interested in this presentation.


Please RSVP by August 2 on Facebook or by email at




Jonathan Godfrey, RN is a survivor of an EMS helicopter accident outside Washington, DC, on January 10, 2005, that claimed the lives of both his partners. Having been pulled from the river by a fire department’s marine operations team, Godfrey says he has “visited both sides” of the emergency medical system. He recovered from his injuries and returned to flight status a year later, and is now a widely-recognized speaker on safety issues in air medicine who conveys a first-person perspective on the importance of personal vigilance and situational awareness. 


Godfrey is the Safety Council Chair for the Children’s National Medical Center Transport Team in Washington, DC.  He implemented new safety instruments and processes at his program, such as the READI checklist – a checklist of five items that the transport team verifies prior to departing and the again upon leaving the referring facility.  Outside of his program, Godfrey presents on transport safety, survival techniques and the need for personal vigilance.  Since 2009, Godfrey has volunteered as the Vision Zero Chair where he reinvigorated Vision Zero by helping to create a free online toolbox of safety information.  He also sends out daily tweets on safety topics for transport teams to discuss during staff meetings, and owns a high-traffic website and Facebook page for EMS flight crews.



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