Global Medical Response (GMR) company, Guardian Flight, has announced it will open its first rotor wing base at Kenai Municipal Airport, Alaska in spring 2020.
The Airbus H125 helicopter will begin to serve Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula’s hospitals such as South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna and Providence Seward Medical Center in Seward.
“GMR and Guardian Flight Alaska are pleased to expand our service to now include helicopter support for emergency patient airlifts in addition to interfacility transfers,” said GMR VP of Northwest Operations, Jared Sherman. “We greatly appreciate the warm welcome our helicopter team has received from the communities we serve and the medical community.”
The base will operate 24 hours, accommodating a crew of four pilots, four clinicians and two mechanics with room to carry a pilot, patient, nurse and paramedic as well as necessary medical equipment.
Guardian’s first helicopter air medical base will join 11 fixed wing medically equipped aircraft that serve across Alaska. The company is also a provider in the AirMedCare Network (AMCN), the nation’s largest air medical transport membership programme, which means that it will fly threateningly injured or ill members for no flight cost, only relying on the member’s insurance as a payment. This program reaches more than 320 air medical location across 38 states.