E.C.H.O. was founded by operational flight programs to take advantage of joint training opportunities in a less formal environment at no/low cost. 

It was created and designed as a way to utilize the wealth of knowledge and experiences brought forth by individual flight programs and their crews.

The training provides an opportunity for groups to discuss, brainstorm, and help resolve issues common to public safety and EMS flight programs.  These gatherings also provide flight crews the chance to share knowledge and gain insight from subject matter experts.

Since then, ECHO has provided targeted training programs for tactical, search and rescue and air medical. 

The first E.C.H.O. meeting was the largest gathering of public safety aircraft that I have ever seen in one place! A true showing of how hungry that portion of the industry is for training.
— Paul Schaaf, Vice President of Operations, HAI