The Waukesha Base, located at Waukesha County Airport, Crites Field, also houses our communication center and corporate offices.
In August 2008, the Flight For Life Transport System expanded to establish a community base with a new hangar/corporate office facility at the Waukesha County Airport – Crites Field. The hangar is large enough to accommodate several aircraft, and equipped to allow most major maintenance tasks to be performed on-site. The building contains offices for administrative, aviation, and medical flight personnel, including pilot quarters. A complete inventory of medical supplies and equipment, including a special refrigerator for storing several units of O-negative blood, is also located adjacent to the hangar.
A state-of-the-art flight Communications Center – the dispatch hub for all three bases - is situated here, complete with high tech radio communications capability, immediate accessibility to weather and mapping information, visual satellite tracking of Flight For Life aircraft, and security camera views of all four Flight For Life helipads.
Additional space at the facility is allocated for staff meetings, educational presentations, and technology to support teleconferences and communication among all bases.
Flight For Life continues to maintain the sixth floor rooftop helipad/hangar facility (completed in 1993) located on the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center campus. It is utilized for patient transfers to Froedtert Hospital and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin; two banks of elevators enable rapid, direct access to adult and pediatric Level I Trauma Centers, as well as trauma surgery suites in the operating room. Post patient transfer to the receiving unit, medical supplies are available in the hangar to re-stock the aircraft, necessary reports can be completed via computer access, and there is an on-site refueling system for rapid turnaround on back-to-back flights. This facility may also be utilized for continuing education training, and occasional maintenance support. Additionally, it serves as an emergency "back-up" location for the Communications Center.
The McHenry Base located on the south side of Centegra Hospital-McHenry in a separate building. The hangar was built in 2001 and the crew and helicopter moved there in December of that year.
In December 2001, Flight For Life-McHenry moved into its very first hangar facility since the site began operations in May of 1987. The hangar is located on the grounds of the Centegra Hospital – McHenry in McHenry, Illinois. It houses flight crew and mechanic offices, pilot quarters, supplies, and has space to house and maintain an aircraft the size of a BK117.
There is on-site fueling for the helicopter with an adjacent foam tank for fire suppression. The hangar can accommodate up to two aircraft at a time and there is an auxiliary helipad just off the Emergency Department entrance that has space for two additional aircraft as well.
The hangar has a fire detection system that is connected directly to the hospital. Daily as well as major maintenance is conducted in the hangar. A beam-mounted hoist installed in the hangar facilitates maintenance such as blade and engine changes. Equipment from inter-facility as well as pre-hospital transports is brought back to the hangar where it is then hand delivered back to the referring agency.
Fond du Lac
The Fond du Lac Base is our newest location and is at Fond du Lac County Airport. Operations began there in August of 2008.
In August 2008, the new Flight For Life-Fond du Lac Base opened, receiving their first call seven minutes after beginning operations. The newly constructed hangar houses up to two aircraft as well as offices for the medical crew, mechanics, and aviation staff. The base is located at the Fond du Lac County Airport, one quarter mile north of the terminal building.
A large auxiliary door on the north side of the building allows for rapid transfer of patient care by allowing area EMS to bring their ambulance inside the hangar. On-site fueling is provided through the airport, allowing the aircraft to return from a flight and become “mission ready” in minimal time.
With a medical staff living area and pilot’s quarters inside the hangar, our crew is always minutes away from being able to launch. Our maintenance office allows our dedicated maintenance personnel to perform scheduled checks, repairs, and replacements right on site.