Photo courtesy of Wake Forest Baptist Health
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center’s AirCare will be joining the North Carolina Metro Aviation program. Metro Aviation has procured and refurbished three Airbus EC135P2+ helicopters for the AirCare program.
The three helicopters were completed at Metro’s subsidiary, PAC International in Mount, Pleasant, Pennsylvania. The EMS aircraft interiors include crew and attendant seats, composite medical floor with a Ferno 28A-1 litter as well as a ramp system. The aircraft are also equipped with Outerlink’s IRIS satellite, flight tracking and data monitoring system.
Metro is in the process of procuring and completing a fourth EC135 for AirCare, which will serve as a fully dedicated backup.
Metro Aviation has hired and trained the pilots and mechanics to be provided. All pilots traveled to Shreveport for basic indoctrination and EC135 full-motion, Level D simulator training at Metro Aviation’s Helicopter Flight Training Center.
AirCare’s communication center personnel and medical crew also completed comprehensive training. The AirCare crew includes a pilot, flight nurse, and paramedic.
The AirCare bases are strategically located in Davidson County, North Carolina; Surry County, North Carolina; and in Henry County, Virginia, to provide the fastest possible response to calls for critical care transportation. AirCare provides treatment and transportation for adult and pediatric patients with a variety of conditions. Metro Aviation began providing aviation services for AirCare May 2.