UF Health Welcomes New Helicopter
GAINESVILLE- It’s time to update the fleet here in North Central Florida.
The Shandscair team welcomed home a new helicopter yesterday.
The EC-155 was built in france before it was shipped to Louisiana and finally to Gainesville
Shandscair also has helicopters in Summerfield and Perry
The new helicopter is not only larger than others in the fleet, but it can also go farther and with increased speed topping 180 miles per hour.
Program Director, Staccie Allen explains the benefit of the addition, “We’ll be able to get to definitive care much quicker especially from longer distances, prior to this aircraft going into service we would’ve had to have taken a fix wing aircraft, so you would leave from an airport, go to another airport have to take ambulance transportation in between.”
The EC-155 carries is capable of flying two patients, two paramedics and piloting staff.
The new chopper has not been equipped with medical equipment yet, but will be ready to go into service on June 11th
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