Lifeguard Air Emergency Services Marks 25 Years

June 13, 2008

Contact: Lauren Cruse (505) 272-3690


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Lifeguard, New Mexico’s first hospital-based helicopter and fixed wing air emergency transport service, is celebrating 25 years, June 14, with a gathering of crew members and others who have made Lifeguard such a successful air emergency service.

Lifeguard Air Emergency Services is a program of University of New Mexico Hospital (UNMH), with medical direction from UNMH’s Department of Emergency Medicine.

Dedicated to providing excellence in critical care transport to all hospitals in New Mexico and surrounding states, Lifeguard is comprised of flight nurses and flight paramedics that represent the highest level of expertise in the transportation of critically ill or injured patients.

Lifeguard is primarily called to serve the more rural areas of New Mexico and regularly flies to other states such as Texas, Colorado and Arizona.

Lifeguard uses two Beechcraft King Air E-90 aircraft for transports. The King Air E-90 is revered as one of the most reliable turbo-prop aircraft in civilian aviation. Access to two aircraft allows Lifeguard to do two flights simultaneously to fulfill demand.

Albuquerque-based Seven Bar Flying Service owns and operates the aircraft. Seven Bar’s full-time certified staff pursues an ongoing, proactive maintenance program and its pilots meet stringent standards that exceed those of the commercial airline industry.

With 25 years, Lifeguard has a proud history. It was the first program in New Mexico and the second in the nation to receive accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Services and as one of the oldest air emergency services in the state, it has accrued an unsurpassed safety record.

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