A car crash in downtown Cleburne required a CareFlite helicopter out of Fort Worth to airlift a young boy with head injuries.
So the story line went for a Bell Helicopter marketing video shot Friday morning off Henderson Street near Cleburne City Hall.
The video was shot to showcase the new Bell 429 helicopter CareFlite uses and as a training piece for CareFlite and local emergency personnel with the Cleburne Fire Department, said Dana Bayne, a Bell marketing spokesman said.
The helicopter is one of the latest from the company, he said. “It’s fast, reliable and the space is huge.”
The craft can carry two patients, he said, and travels at speeds up to 160 knots, about 165 mph.
Bell chose Cleburne for the video shoot because they have contacts with Cleburne fire and rescue, he said.
Piloting the helicopter was Uli Adrian, who has been with CareFlite for eight years. He said Careflite averages about three flights per day all over the North Texas region.
“We did [a similar video] a couple of years ago,” Assistant Fire Chief Keith Scarbrough said. That video was shot in a rural setting. “They wanted to do it with a more urban setting.”
Several Cleburne firefighters, along with the CareFlite crew, participated in the video shoot, which simulated a two-vehicle crash in which a mother and her two children are injured when their car is T-boned by another car, he said.
A boy, played by actor Cannon Arnold from Icon Studios in Dallas, played the accident victim who has to get transported by helicopter. With him were his mom, Meredith Arnold, and sister, Rowan Arnold, also acting in the video.
His mother, made up with a bloody head injury and bruises, casually sipped coffee as she waited for her son’s scene to be shot.
Cannon Arnold was made up with realistic head injuries and other cuts and bruises and placed on a gurney inside the helicopter’s patient bay, where the CareFlite crew, assisted by Cleburne fire and rescue personnel, prepped him for extraction as if he were really seriously injured.
As the crew worked, a camera crew worked around them to shoot the video.
Scarbrough said the simulation and video shoot took much longer than a normal rescue like this. Most rescues take 10-15 minutes, from the time they are toned out to the time the helicopter lifts off with the patient from the scene.