December 6, 2012

New Staff For Life Helicopter Lands in Memphis

The new Staff for Life helicopter landed in Memphis on Monday at Scotland County Hospital.

A new aircraft is allowing the Staff for Life to bring the Black and Gold of the University of Missouri to the landing pad at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. The Tigers emblem adorns the side of a new MD-902 twin engine aircraft debuted by the service this week.

Memphis was just one the stops across northeast Missouri on Monday where crew members demonstrated the new helicopters capabilities for ambulance crews, emergency room staffs and hospital representatives.

Members of the crew in Memphis on Monday, stated the new twin-engine aircraft will allow the expansion of the service area to basically encompass the entire state.

Prior to the new addition, fuel restraints had limited the service areas to more of the central part of state. With helicopters based in Osage Beach and Lamont, that service area was expanded to include the Kansas City area as well as the Lake of the Ozarks.

Now with the new state-of-the art MD-902 twin engine aircraft, the Staff for Life can easily reach outlying areas such as Memphis.

The new MU Tigers design brings the traditional black and gold of Columbia to the far corners of the state.

The new aircraft is helping the air ambulance service to mark its 30th year in service. Operations began November 24th, 1982 at University Hospital in Columbia with a single ASTAR single-engine helicopter. Three years later, the project expanded to place the second aircraft at Lake Ozark General Hospital. The program expanded in 1987 to include a rotation of bases in northern Missouri, with aircraft temporarily stationed at facilities in Kirksville, Macon, Chillicothe and Marshall.

In 2001, the air service was purchased by Rocky Mountain Helicopters, Inc., now Methods Corp. The company maintains a contractual affiliation with University Hospital.

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