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 our base - 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 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.