REACH Air Medical Services has expanded its emergency helicopter fleet to include a fourth base at the Oceanside California Fire Training Center. Other REACH bases are located in El Centro, Thermal and Upland.
REACH provides medical transport services with helicopters, airplanes and ambulances, and has performed more than 80,000 air ambulance missions since its inception in 1987, both in California as well as additional bases now located in Texas and Oregon.
"For more than 25 years, REACH has enriched regional communities by providing quality emergency patient transport, and we are pleased to locate in Oceanside to further enhance services to the region,” stated REACH president Sean Russell.
"I believe this company is a perfect fit for the San Diego region," states Chief Darryl Hebert. "The Oceanside Fire Department is excited about improving the level of service to its community by having such a valuable resource located in our city. We are looking forward to a long-term relationship with REACH as we continue to develop innovative ideas that improve on service delivery."
In honor of this partnering, the aircraft will be painted to match the color scheme and branding on
Oceanside Fire's current ground equipment, including fire trucks and ambulances.
Patients will be flown in a new, “state of the art” Eurocopter EC-135 helicopter, capable of air speeds of 150 miles per hour, operating under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR), equipped with night vision goggles to enhance safety of nighttime operations, as well as helicopter-specific terrain awareness equipment.
According to Hebert, “added benefits include an air ambulance membership program that
will be offered to all members of the community. For a low-cost annual fee, the program covers out-of-pocket expenses in the event of an emergency air transport by REACH. REACH will invest in its customers
through educational training to emergency and hospital personnel, sharing of clinical data and knowledge, and a robust customer service response platform aimed at continuous improvement of service.”