Aero Ambulancia, an international member of the Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS), reports it has mobilized its fleet of four fully medically staffed and equipped helicopters to provide disaster-relief assistance to the people of Haiti following the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that struck the island last night.
Aero Ambulancia, the only company in the Dominican Republic to offer this service, says it is flying in doctor-paramedic teams and is making all of its company resources available to the international disaster-response effort in Haiti.
Aero Ambulancia helicopter ambulances are assisting victims of the earthquake in Haiti.
In addition, air-medical service providers in the United States have been sending crews into the areas hardest hit by the earthquake, while other air-medical operators say they stand ready to provide services on a per-request basis.
All flights in and out of the capital city have been hampered, however, by a lack of radio communications and electricity after the earthquake knocked out Port-au-Prince airport’s radio tower and cut off power in the region.
AAMS, meantime, is asking its member programs to provide specific fixed-wing flights to and from Port-au-Prince in response to a request from the Community Coalition for Haiti (CCH) in Fairfax, Va. In addition, CCH has requested a medical helicopter or small fixed-wing airplane and a volunteer pilot to shuttle medical personnel and patients between Port-au-Prince and a hospital in Pignon. (For details and updates regarding the specific CCH effort, contact Karen Carr at 703-201-7348 orÂ [email protected], or seeÂ http://www.cchaiti.org/.)
The Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS) is the trade association serving the entire air and critical-care-ground medical transport community. AAMS, together with its charitable arm, MedEvac Foundation International, strives to enhance the medical transport industry by promoting the highest level of industry safety; promoting quality patient care; inspiring commitment to the industry’s work, causes, and viability; and providing superior service to its members. For details, seeÂ http://www.aams.org/.
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