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REMSA Health provides mental health support to staff after Care Flight crash

The company is also hosting a webpage where people can post condolences


This photo provided by The National Transportation Safety Board shows NTSB investigators on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2023, at the crash site in Dayton, Nev. documenting the wreckage of a Pilatus PC-12 airplane a medical air transport flight operated by Guardian Flight that crashed on Friday, Feb. 24, while enroute from Reno, Nevada, to Salt Lake City.

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By Leila Merrill

RENO, Nev. — While working with the NTSB and responding agencies on the investigation of the Care Flight air ambulance crash that killed five people Friday night, REMSA Health also has focused on supporting its team members and their families.

Care Flight is a service of REMSA Health and Guardian Flight.

The people killed in the crash were the patient, Mark “Bear” Rand, his wife, Terri Rand, Flight Paramedic Ryan Watson, Pilot Scott Walton and Flight Nurse Ed Pricola. Individual fundraisers to support their families are ongoing.

Following the incident, REMSA Health made peer support and mental health resources available to all staffers around the clock at its Reno campus.

As community members have been expressing their condolences, the company set up a webpage where people can post caring messages. Dozens of messages have been posted as of midday Tuesday.

“Our job as emergency medical services professionals is to care for the communities we serve. At times like these, we are also called to care for one another,” the company stated on the community condolences page.