New air medical transport base opens in Calif. county
REACH Air Medical Services' new base will work closely with San Bernardino County AMR and will operate in partnership with the County Fire
Rene Ray De La Cruz
Daily Press, Victorville, Calif.
VICTORVILLE, Calif. — REACH Air Medical Services recently announced the opening of its newest emergency air medical transport base in the High Desert.
Located at the Southern California Logistics Airport in Victorville, the new base will work closely with American Medical Response of San Bernardino County and will operate in partnership with the County Fire.
The new air ambulance base, the company's second at SCLA, will provide emergency transport services 24-hours a day, seven days a week, with the central location expected to result in faster response times for emergency and trauma patients in the county and the surrounding regions, the company said.
"We are incredibly pleased to open this base and to be serving the residents of our community," said Sean Russell, president of REACH. "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."
The Victorville base is staffed by a flight crew that includes trained and experienced pilots, clinicians, and aircraft maintenance technicians. The Airbus H-135 helicopter that operates from the base is medically-configured with the latest avionics and safety features, the company said.
The aircraft is also one of the only instrument flight-rule capable helicopters in the region, which means it can provide service during inclement weather when other aircraft may be grounded.
Headquartered in Sacramento, REACH operates throughout Southern California with additional air medical bases located in Riverside, San Diego, and Imperial Counties. The proximity of these bases allows for additional 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, the nation's largest air medical transport membership program. When transported by REACH, 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. In addition to covering members when flown by REACH, membership extends to all AMCN's providers in 320 locations across 38 states.
REACH also provides service to communities throughout California, Oregon, Nevada, Montana, Texas, Colorado, and Hawaii. REACH employs hundreds of trained nurses, paramedics, pilots and aircraft maintenance technicians to provide service to patients using their fleet of medically equipped helicopters, airplanes, and ground ambulances.
REACH is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems, which is the gold standard for patient care and safety in the medical transport industry. For more information, visit www.REACHAir.com
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