Medevac by the numbers

August 04, 2008

15 minutes or less: Time it takes for a helicopter to be anywhere in Maryland after takeoff. Average flight time is 11 minutes.

6,000: Estimated number of medevac missions completed last year by the Maryland State Police.

1,500: Approximate number of law enforcement/search and rescue missions completed in fiscal year 2007.

$110 million: Amount earmarked for upgrading or replacing state police helicopters over the next four years including $33.6 million in fiscal year 2009.

$6,000 to $12,000: Typical price of a medevac bill from a private company or hospital.

8: State police bases in Maryland, six of which operate 24 hours a day.

12: Number of helicopters in the state police fleet, including nine that are more than 18 years old.

98 percent: Percent of state police medevac missions that are from the scene of an injury. Only 2 percent of missions are transports between hospitals.


0: Number of casualties the Maryland State Police Aviation Command has had during flights since 1986.

- Maryland State Police

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