Life Flight unveils new medical helicopters

Life Flight unveils new medical helicopters

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Life Flight unveils new medical helicopters

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by KTVB

KTVB.COM

Posted on August 27, 2013 at 3:33 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 27 at 4:30 PM

BOISE – Life Flight Network unveiled the latest in high-tech helicopters in Boise today that will provide patients with a faster, smoother and safer air transport to the hospital.

The Koala helicopters will be based out of a Boise, Idaho and Ontario, Oregon.

Officials say these new choppers are perfectly suited to adapt to the unique weather conditions and geographic terrain in southwest Idaho and eastern Oregon.

"Our new Koala helicopters are designed to assist our critical care teams in delivering the highest quality air transport care in the nation,” said Michael Griffiths, Life Flight Network's CEO. “Our company employs Flight Nurses and Flight Paramedics with a minimum of five years' experience, the highest experience level required in the region. The Koala helicopters provide our teams with the finest suite of mobile critical care medical equipment available and have a spacious medical cabin capable of transporting two critical care team members and two patients with full-body access."

The new Koala helicopters can also reach speeds up to 175 miles per hour, have a state-of-the-art avionics package with synthetic vision, enhancing safety and situational awareness, night vision goggles, satellite weather and tracking and Helicopter Terrain Avoidance Warning System, and a fully-equipped emergency medical cabin.

Life Flight Network has 16 strategically positioned bases throughout Idaho, Oregon, and Washington to provide maximum coverage to the communities it serves.

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