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Care Flight is on stand by 24 hours a day, seven days a week with experienced critical care flight nurses, specially trained flight paramedics and skilled pilots to respond to the requests from public safety agencies, hospitals, physicians, or other health or public service organizations. Care Flight provides critical care level medical care during transport. Care Flight has the same equipment and our clinicians can provide most all services and procedures found in an ICU or ER, excluding lab and imaging work. The Care Flight administrative offices are open 8:00am - 5:00pm Monday - Friday and can be reached at 775-858-5700.
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Care Flight has four AS350 B3 AStars. The aircrafts maneuverability, superior visibility with all seats facing forward and low vibration level means the transport will be as comfortable as it is efficient. The B3 is a workhorse known for its outstanding capability in hot weather and high altitude operations. The AS350 B3 version offers the highest performance in its category with enhanced safety and reduced pilot workload. The B3 has a 142 gallon fuel capacity allowing for a 300+ mile round-trip transport range without refueling. The cruise speed is 130 to 160 mph.
Care Flight's aviation operations are provided by Air Methods Corporation.
All Care Flight helicopters are equipped with state of the art night vision goggles (NVG), avionics and communications equipment. These include GPS navigation with weather radar, terrain avoidance warning sytems and satellite tracking and communications equipment. Care Flight is able to communicate with all first responder agencies that we regularly respond along side of by future of our radio system that provides the capability to talk on virtually any public service radio frequency.
Care Flight is a service of REMSA (Regional Emergency Medical Services Authority) based in Reno, Nevada.
Care Flight is a non-profit, non-subsidized, self-supporting organization and has been caring for patients in Northern Nevada & North EasternCalifornia since 1981. Care Flight has 4 helicopters and is available to you and your patients 24 hours a day 7 days a week throughout Northern Nevada and Northeastern California.
Care Flight is a flying emergency room that can respond to critical patients within minutes of a request. Care Flight transports critical patients to major hospitals and assists local communities and emergency services in continuing to meet their local emergencies. We can assist you and your patient in receiving the need for a higher level of care and / or air medical transportation.
Care Flight has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Air Medical Services (CAMTS) since 2002. Care Flight is an active member of theAssociation of Air Medical Services (AAMS) and its predecessor ASHBEAMS since the creation of these organizations.
Care Flight actively supports the air medical professional associations, including the International Association of Flight Paramedics (IAFP), Air and Surface Transport Nurses Association (ASTNA) and the National EMS Pilots Association (NAEMSPA).
Aviation services are provided by Air Methods Corporation, QMLA253U. Air Methods Corporation is Care Flight's aviation vendor and provides Care flight with pilots and mechanics. Pilots come to Care Flight with experience in both mountain and night time flying. They go through extensive training not only with Air Methods but also after coming to Care Flight. Area familiarization is a key point in the Care Flight orientation along with night vision goggle (NVG) flying. The pilots are required to have annual training and check rides with fundamental procedures and recertification in their NVG training.
Care Flight mechanics have extensive experience with helicopters and specifically with our AS350 B3. The mechanics are Airframe and Powerplant certified. They maintain the Care Flight helicopters with the utmost diligence. They perform daily inspections and conform to all FAA, NTSB and Air Methods guidelines. Any unscheduled maintenance is completed as efficiently as possible to minimize out of service time. All components are inspected, overhauled, or replaced based on specified time limits. Safety has always been one of Care Flight's greatest concerns.