News

Airlift Northwest stations crews on San Juan Island for summer

Airlift Northwest regional manager Jeff Richey is working with local EMS officials to post an air ambulance on San Juan Island for the summer.

Last summer, Airlift Northwest, which is contracted to fly patients off-island to regional hospitals, tried a pilot program, testing whether it was a good idea to station an air crew and evacuation helicopter on the island for the busiest weekends. The pilot program was such a success, the company decided to continue it this summer.

“By basing a helicopter at Friday Harbor,” Richey said, “we are able to (provide) shorter response times not only for your community, but for other islands as well.”

Forty-four percent, nearly half, of Airlift Northwest’s Bellingham dispatches are to San Juan County.

Airlift Northwest offers $79 annual airlift insurance coverage.

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.
blog comments powered by Disqus

Read the latest Green Edition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Sep 17 edition online now. Browse the archives.