REACH air medical services have announced the opening of a new emergency air medical transport base in Victorville, California, which will provide emergency transport services on a 24/7 basis.
The Victorville base will work closely with American Medical Response of San Bernardino County and will operate alongside the company’s first Victorville location run in partnership with the San Bernardino County Fire Department.
The base’s crew consist of highly trained and experienced pilots, clinicians and aircraft maintenance technicians, and the base will operate a medically configured Airbus H-135 helicopter with the latest avionics and safety features, as well as being one of the only instrument flight rule (IFR) capable helicopters in the region – meaning it can still be operated and flown in adverse weather conditions, when other helicopters would usually be grounded.
The addition, the Victorville base location, said REACH, will result in faster response times for patients in San Bernardino County and surrounding areas, and its proximity with the organisation’s other bases located in Riverside, San Diego and Imperial Counties will allow for further air transport coverage in the community when an asset is already in service on another call.
REACH is a participating provider in the AirMedCare Network (AMCN). AMCN members incur no out-of-pocket expenses for a medically necessary flight. Membership is $85 a year for an entire household or $65 a year for seniors. REACH’s membership also extends to all AMCN’s providers in 320 locations across 38 states.
“We are incredibly pleased to open this base and to be serving the residents of our community,” said Sean Russell, President of REACH Air Medical Services. “REACH is proud to now be working alongside AMR of San Bernardino County and to continue working closely with the San Bernardino County Fire Department, as well as increasing our overall support to local EMS and healthcare systems.”