Students in the Advanced Paramedic Skills course at Missouri Southern will have a front row seat during a demonstration of how to establish a helicopter landing zone on Monday, March 2, in front of Leggett & Platt Athletic Center.  Helicopter

“Part of the requirement from our accrediting body is that we train our paramedics and EMTs on how to establish a landing zone for helicopters and how to behave in and around them,” said Thad Torix, EMS instructor and clinical coordinator.

The event will also allow EMS students to meet with prospective employers and for emergency services personnel to learn about training opportunities offered at Missouri Southern.

Rod Pace with Air Methods Corp. will present a classroom lecture on creating and operating a landing zone at 1 p.m. in the Julio S. León Health Sciences Center. Aircraft from Medflight, EagleMed and Mercy Life Line will land helicopters outside Leggett & Platt between 1 and 2 p.m. for the demonstration.

Students and the public will be able to view each of the aircraft and learn specifics about each of the programs.

Representatives from METS Ambulance Service, the Joplin Fire Department, the Newton County Ambulance District and Cox Health EMS have been invited to attend and set up tables for an open house.

“We want to expose our students to potential employers, so we’re inviting anyone who employs paramedics and EMTs,” said Torix. “But we also want to open our doors to these services to show them the training we offer here.”