October 29, 2012
Cub Scout Pack 34 and two members of Troop 412 toured Life Net Medevac at Ryder Jet Center at the Hagerstown Regional Airport on Sept. 27. The boys got a special wave from the aircraft as it was departing for a training class in Shippensburg, Pa. Pack 34 and Troop 412 want to thank the crew for taking the time to teach them about their occupation and aircraft.
August 5, 2011
A blown tire triggered the crash of a tanker truck carrying liquid fertilizer Friday afternoon, injuring the Washington County driver and closing westbound Interstate 70 near Hancock for several hours, Maryland State Police said. Wayne Larry Bartles, of Mason Dixon Road north of Hagerstown, was flown by medevac helicopter to Meritus Medical Center to be treated for his injuries, according to a state police news release. Bartles was listed in good condition Friday night, a hospital spokeswoman said.
November 27, 2009
Police ID driver in fatal Fairgrounds Park accident I-81 crash in W.Va. injures two Seasoning rubs an easy way to flavor a turkey Air Methods Maryland won't have much impact on use of MSP medevac helicopters Congestion on I-70, I-81
November 25, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- The presence of a new air medical transport company in Hagerstown won't have a major impact on use of Maryland State Police medevac helicopters at accident scenes, according to Dr. Robert Bass, executive director of the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS). There is, however, an operational agreement between emergency services in Maryland and Air Methods Maryland to assist state police medical air transport on 911 calls when needed, Bass said.
October 14, 2009
TRI-STATE -- STAT MedEvac will end its Hagerstown-based operations Monday, affecting the availability of helicopters to transport patients in medical emergencies, a company spokesman said. STAT MedEvac officials said requests for services have decreased as local hospitals improve technology and services. "The need for air medical transports to larger, tertiary care hospitals has decreased as a result," spokesman Daniel Nakles wrote in an e-mail. The service has been based at Hagerstown Regional Airport since 2005, Nakles said.
September 19, 2009
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Franklin County Progressive Agriculture Safety Day was recently held at the Chambersburg Rod and Gun Club, where local students spent the day learning about safety in the home and on the farm. Two-hundred youths stopped at 12 safety stations throughout the day, learning about fire, hand tool, pool/swimming, grain bin/PTO, ATV, bicycle and road safety as well as oral care and drug awareness. In addition, participants experienced a staged tractor roll-over rescue demonstration complete with MedEvac helicopter.
April 1, 2009
ANNAPOLIS (AP) -- The Maryland Senate decided Tuesday not to support a one-year delay in buying new medevac helicopters intended to give lawmakers time to study the procurement process. Meanwhile, the House Appropriations Committee approved $52.5 million in the capital budget to buy the first three helicopters to begin replacing the aging fleet. The capital budget is scheduled to reach the full House of Delegates on Wednesday. The state currently uses 11 helicopters purchased between 1989 and 1999.
March 16, 2009
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March 14, 2009
ANNAPOLIS -- Several Washington County Hospital patients have been transferred to other hospitals by helicopter thinking it was a free service provided by Maryland State Police, only to later get a bill for $8,000 or $9,000, Del. John P. Donoghue said. That is the type of sticker shock Donoghue says patients will receive if state lawmakers are successful in their push to privatize the state's medevac services. Bills sponsored by state Sens. John Astle, D-Anne Arundel, and E.J. Pipkin, R-Caroline/Cecil/Kent/Queen Anne's, would separate Maryland's police helicopter fleet into separate medical and law enforcement operations and allow Gov. Martin O'Malley to consider bids from private companies to provide medevac services.
February 28, 2009
The Maryland State Police (MSP) Aviation Command's helicopter program is a state-wide multi-mission service performed by troopers and civilian employees working for the citizens of Maryland. The medevac mission has made the program a worldwide model and has supported the state's EMS program (also a world-wide model) since its inception in 1970. However, other missions performed by the MSP helicopter program (search and rescue, law enforcement, homeland security) are just as important, as was recently illustrated by the rescue basket hoisting of a mother and daughter from a car flooded by raging waters in Bethesda.