PUBLISHED: 4:25 PM on Wednesday, August 6, 2008
New helicopter will increase medevac service in Southeast
KETCHIKAN - Guardian Flight, the largest Alaska-based critical care air medevac company, has based a new helicopter in Ketchikan to increase its ability to provide medevac service in Southeast Alaska.

The Guardian Flight helicopter, an AS-350 Eurocopter, is one of the most commonly used utility platforms in Southeast Alaska. Its capability to set down in a small landing zone will enable Guardian Flight to access patients in smaller communities, lodges and camps.

Photos courtesy of Ketchikan General Hospital
  The new AS-350 Eurocopter is the second critical care air medevac helicopter based in Ketchikan.
The service area for the helicopter includes Revillagigedo, Prince of Wales, Gravina and Annette Islands, Petersburg, Wrangell, Hyder, Stewart and Prince Rupert; provided that a safe landing zone is available.

The Guardian Flight helicopter pilot and medical staff will provide the same level of service and care all patients receive on Guardian Flight transports and will utilize the same Advanced Life Support equipment used on the long range fixed wing aircraft.

The Eurocopter joins the Guardian Flight Lear jet, which has been based in Ketchikan since May 2005. Guardian Flight also has aircraft based in Sitka, Anchorage, Fairbanks and Dutch Harbor.

To request an air medevac call 1-888-977-3822.

The Guardian Flight Communications Center is staffed 24 hours a day year round.