February 12, 2014
The Altus Air Evac Lifeteam staff and crew welcomed first responders, community and business leaders as they cut the ribbon for their new location at the Altus/Quartz Mountain Airport at 6333 N. Main Street. The crew moved to the permanent location in January, and held a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony on Feb. 11. The public was invited to tour the new facility, which includes crew quarters and a hangar.
Air Evac Lifeteam, an air ambulance company, serves as the critical link to improved response time and immediate access to medical care facilities for numerous medically underserved communities. An Air Evac Lifeteam crew is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, standing ready to deliver the care needed at the scene of an accident or medical emergency. Crews include a pilot, a flight nurse and a flight paramedic. The Altus base serves communities within a 70-mile radius.
The air ambulance crew has been operating in Altus since February 2013 at a temporary location until the new facility was constructed. The new facility includes crew quarters and a hangar. Program Director Kelly Dillon said the new base has received a great deal of support from the community.
“We are very happy to be located at the Altus/Quartz Mountain Regional Airport,” Dillon said. “We’ve had such incredible support from airport staff, the City [Of Altus], the Chamber of Commerce and our EMS and healthcare agencies.”
Daniel Adams, Altus / Quartz Mountain Regional Airport Manager, is happy to have Air Evac Lifeteam in Altus.
“We are excited that Air Evac will be here, not only at the airport but in the community as a whole,” Adams said. “Kelly and the crew are very pleasant and great folks. We look forward to working with them.”
For more information about Air Evac Lifeteam services, call 1-800-793-0010 or visit www.lifeteam.net.