AURORA, Oregon — Life Flight Network announced it is opening a new helicopter base in Newport, OR. The base is expected to be operational in the next 60-90 days.
The rotary wing aircraft will provide ICU level care while in the air, serving Lincoln, Lane, Tillamook, Polk, and Benton counties, and will be capable of responding anywhere in Western Oregon.
Life Flight Network has served the area for nearly four decades from several locations. The addition of a helicopter in Newport will further enhance the coverage of Life Flight Network.
The model of helicopter to be stationed in Newport is an Airbus H135. The helicopter is a twin engine instrument rated aircraft. In certain circumstances, the helicopter can fly when it is foggy or cloudy. The H135 can make the trip from Newport to Corvallis in 12 minutes, or from Lincoln City to Portland in 39 minutes, after liftoff.
Life Fight Network also announced it may also base a Pilatus PC-12 fixed-wing aircraft in Newport.
Each Life Flight Network base contributes more than $1,000,000 annually to the local economy by creating approximately 15 new jobs. The base will be staffed 24/7 with an ICU nurse, experienced paramedic, and highly skilled pilot. The base will also employ at least one mechanic.
Justin Dillingham said: “The addition of a Life Flight Network helicopter in Newport will save lives. Critically ill and injured patients on the central Oregon coast will no longer have to wait for a helicopter to respond from the valley.”
Dillingham, the Life Flight Network Chief Customer Service Officer also said, “Whether suffering a heart attack, stoke, or serious traumatic injury, we know every minute can count. Patients can be flown to definitive care in significantly less time when we are based nearby.”
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