Ornge, Ontario’s provider of air ambulance and related services, announced plans to procure and install a permanent medical interior for its AW139 helicopter fleet, which will further improve care for patients requiring air ambulance transport.
“By outfitting our helicopters with an enhanced medical interior, we are honouring a commitment made to our frontline paramedics to ensure they have an optimal workspace, which will provide the best and safest possible environment for our patients,” said Dr. Andrew McCallum, President and CEO of Ornge.
Ornge frontline and management staff have been working to develop criteria for an improved AW139 helicopter interior. Based on this feedback, a Request for Proposals has been issued for a permanent medical interior to be installed in Ornge’s fleet of 10 AW139 helicopters. In particular, Ornge is seeking a permanent interior that allows for a quicker, more efficient process of loading and unloading patients from hospitals or scenes.
In early 2012, Ornge’s new leadership acted immediately to address concerns brought forward by frontline paramedics about their ability to perform certain medical procedures effectively in the AW139 interior. Since Feb. 2, 2013, Ornge has been using an interim interior, approved by Transport Canada, in its AW139 aircraft, which allows for life-saving CPR to be performed during all phases of flight if necessary for the patient, as well as other medical procedures.
Upon completion of the competitive RFP process, the successful vendor will design and build the permanent interior, which will undergo extensive testing before it is installed in the full fleet. It is expected this process will take approximately 24 months.
This measure builds on recent improvements at Ornge, including an improved patient relations process, the hiring of a patient advocate, and introduction of a new conflict of interest policy and a whistleblower protection policy.
- Babock re-launches scheduled services in Spain with AW139
- Spanish operator Helity adds new scheduled route
- THC wins AW139 contract from Red Sea Development Company
- Trinidad & Tobago Air Guard to reactivate one of four AW139s
- MDFR upgrades fleet with delivery of first AW139
- Penzance Helicopters introduces AW139 to Isles of Scilly service
- Global AirParts announces AW139 part out project
- Leonardo AW139 – EASA AD 2020-0191 : Equipment / Furnishings
- Changes coming for heliport at Macau International Airport
- Coptersafety appoints new AW139 Type Lead Instructor
- Lifeflight’s AW139 fleet marks milestone
- 24-Jul-20 VH-TJO Leonardo AW139 Goulburn, Australia
- Leonardo presents AW139 enhanced capabilities
- CHC and UniFly extend Hornsea wind farm support contract
- 20-Jun-20 VH-EGK Leonardo AW139 Caboolture, Australia
- Penzance Helicopters flights to restart 4th July, plus AW139 update
- FAA approves Coptersafety AW139 simulator
- Nigerian Navy receives AW139 helicopter
- COVID-19 – AW139 supporting COVID-19 operations in Canada
- LCI Helicopters launches $100 Million co-investment vehicle