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University Health Care's AirMed to Launch 24/7 Eastern Utah, Wyoming Service
Apr 29, 2008 10:57 AM
Effective Thursday, May 1, University Health Care will offer emergency flight service 24 hours a day, seven days a week in northeastern Utah and southwestern Wyoming. AirMed has been available in these areas 12 hours a day for 20 years, and the new launch will provide around-the-clock service.
As the sole air ambulance provider with a base in this region, AirMed’s level of responsibility has grown over the years along with the communities themselves, said Program Manager Brian Simpson, so the change was inevitable.
“A growing population combined with well-known recreational opportunities presented a greater need for increased availability,” he said. “Considering how many scouts, boaters, hikers, and campers that flock to these mountains every year, we really needed to raise the bar.”
AirMed is currently housed at Park City Fire Station No. 33 in Summit County, Utah. In order to provide 24/7 service, however, the crew must have a permanent base to accommodate aircraft and staff. Simpson is discussing potential options with Summit County officials in hopes of establishing a base by summer 2009.
Summit County Commissioner Ken Woolstenhulme said he and his fellow commissioners support AirMed’s endeavors, and they’re happy to welcome the crew and aircraft to the community on a full-time basis.
“I think lives could be saved,” he said, “and I think most people recognize the need for AirMed. This could be a great asset to the citizens of Summit County.”
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