Careflight adds fourth helicopter

New Careflight helicopter unveiled. (WDTN Photo)
New Careflight helicopter unveiled. (WDTN Photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Critically injured and ill patients have a new CareFlight helicopter to get them to the hospital quickly.

Premier Health and CareFlight Air and Mobile Services showed off the newest helicopter Wednesday.

The Dauphin helicopter offers the latest in technology for safer and faster transportation.

New Careflight helicopter unveiled.  (WDTN Photo)
New Careflight helicopter unveiled. (WDTN Photo)

It can travel up to 180 mph and can climb to 10,000 feet.

“Most people don’t realize the life-and-death role that emergency medical helicopters play in patient care,” says Jim Pancoast, president and CEO of Premier Health. “In the United States a critically ill or injured patient is airlifted every 90 seconds. During its 30 year history CareFlight has helped to save the life of thousands of patients.”

CareFlight first served the Miami Valley in 1983. It was the first air medical transport service.

There are four CareFlight helicopters now in service. They serve 20 hospitals, 300 fire departments in 17 counties.

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