by Brandy Dupper-Macy and Christine deLorimier
AmeriCorps*National Members Brandy Dupper-Macy and Christine deLorimier are on assignment at LifeFlight of Maine, Maine’s only emergency medical helicopter service. While in different roles within the organization, both Brandy and Christine are supporting a non-profit that ensures high quality critical care in the direst of situations for all Mainers and visitors.
Brandy Dupper-Macy, a United States Air Force veteran, serves mainly within the framework of Education and Outreach, where she facilitates a vital initiative to train and educate doctors, nurses, paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians about working with critical pediatric patients. The training is essential for providers because pediatric patients are not seen as often and respond to trauma and treatment differently than adults. Education also includes best practices and techniques for emergency assessment and care. Conferences are held all over the state of Maine. The most recent conference was in Skowhegan, at Redington-Fairview General Hospital. Two pediatric surgeons and several LifeFlight medical staff were on hand to teach and provide hands-on practice through practical scenarios and child-sized Human Patient Simulators.
Christine deLorimier is serving within the framework of fundraising for a new LifeFlight initiative, which is raising money to buy an airplane and retrofit it with high-tech medical equipment to supplement two medical helicopters currently in service. This new aircraft would allow LifeFlight to fly in inclement weather when the helicopters cannot and would help the helicopters last longer. When the two helicopters were purchased, expected flying hours were approximately 450 hours per year; they are currently flying about double that. An airplane will help prolong their lifespan and fly people in snow and rain. Christine supports fundraising efforts by coming up with systems to track giving from different sources and develop those sources (i.e. grants, individual donors, corporations) to further the campaign goal.
In addition, Brandy and Christine support the small office staff of the LifeFlight Foundation in many ways, often working on mailings and special initiatives such as patient celebrations, golf tournaments and community partnerships. AmeriCorps supports this partnership of helping a necessary resource in our rural state, and gives two willing volunteers the opportunity to learn about and be involved in an amazing organization that is so essential for Maine.
Brandy Dupper-Macy and Christine deLorimier serve at the LifeFlight Foundation in Camden through Goodwill Industries of Northern New England’s Emergency Response Corps. Christine lives in Appleton with her husband, two sons, and a menagerie of pets. Brandy lives on North Haven, with her husband and two sons and takes a ferry over daily to serve. She is an Air Force veteran who is looking forward to her first day-long helicopter ride-along this month.