Air ambulance helicopter upgraded

Posted: Monday, March 05, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- LifeGuard Alaska recently completed an upgrade of its new Bell 412 helicopter, a move that gives the aircraft state-of-the art equipment and allows it to carry three patients at a time, a company statement says.

LifeGuard Alaska is the air ambulance service of Anchorage's Providence Alaska Medical Center.

The Bell 412, which Providence acquired in August, is the only civilian-dedicated, hospital-based helicopter for use in air ambulance service in the state, LifeGuard said, although the North Slope Borough has a Lear jet it frequently uses for medical evacuations.

The helicopter upgrade was completed as LifeGuard gears up for its 24-hour summer service, which begins April 1 and runs through Oct. 31.

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