Pennsylvania Ambulance Company Takes Delivery of New EC145
Date: Wednesday, August 09, 15:04 GMT
Topic: Emergency Services News

Grand Prairie, Texas (August 8, 2006) EmergyCare/LifeStar, an ambulance and air medical transport company based in Erie, Pennsylvania recently took delivery of their first EC145 at a ceremony held at American Eurocopter headquarters in Grand Prairie, Texas. EmergyCare, Inc., which operates LifeStar as one of its divisions, purchased the aircraft after careful consideration of the market and an extensive evaluation process by their selection committee.


"We're uniquely positioned along the shores of Lake Erie, so we're able to provide service to a three-state area," said Richard "Dick" Gibbons, president and CEO of EmergyCare, Inc.  "Our  coverage area of several hundred square miles, although primarily rural, includes Erie County as well as several other counties in Northwestern Pennsylvania, parts of Ohio and New York, and we serve a population base estimated to be more than one million persons."


Marc Paganini, President and CEO of American Eurocopter presented the
EC145 keys to Dick Gibbons. Also present at the ceremony was Bob
Fitzsimmons, CJ Systems maintenance technician for LifeStar, who
conducted a final inspection before accepting the aircraft. CJ Systems
Aviation will provide pilot, maintenance and management services for
the LifeStar EC145.  The helicopter will first go Metro Aviation in
Shreveport, Louisiana to be equipped for EMS service. After completion,
LifeStar's new EC145 is expected to enter service in the fourth quarter
of this year.


LifeStar's commenced Air Medical Transport Operations as a supplement
to their ground service in 1985. Transport specialties include cardiac,
trauma and neonatal, supporting two major hospitals in Northwest
Pennsylvania: Hamot Regional Medical Center and Saint Vincent Medical
Center. LifeStar averages over 550 helicopter air medical transports
per year.

The EC145 is one of the most versatile and functional medium
twin-engine helicopters available. With a wide range of certified
optional equipment, it can complete the demanding missions of air
medical service. The aircraft is powered by two Turbomeca ARRIEL
engines and is also noteworthy for its low noise level. The helicopter
has firmly established itself as a rugged, reliable workhorse in
markets worldwide and was selected by the U.S. Army for their Light
Utility Helicopter (LUH).



About American Eurocopter


American Eurocopter LLC is the American subsidiary of Eurocopter, the
largest helicopter manufacturer in the world, and EADS North America,
the North American operations of EADS, the second largest aerospace and
defense company in the world. American Eurocopter builds, markets,
sells and supports the broadest range of civil and para-public
helicopters offered by any manufacturer. The product line represents
the most cost-effective, technologically advanced helicopters, ranging
from light single to heavy twin, serving all markets and missions.


American Eurocopter's headquarters and main facility are in Grand
Prairie, Texas, with a manufacturing facility in Columbus,
Mississippi.  For more information: (972) 641-0000 or visit our website

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