LifeMed Alaska Breaking Ground on New Fairbanks Hangar
LifeMed Alaska announced that it will break ground on a new Fairbanks hangar. The new site is located south of the FedEx Ship Center on Old Airport Road.
“We’re very excited to launch this project,” says LifeMed Alaska CEO Russell Edwards. “Our new facility will enable us to better meet the medical transportation needs of our communities, including facilitating support of more aircraft and adding opportunities to supplement the skills of clinicians throughout interior Alaska.”
Construction of the new facility is expected to be complete and in full operation by July 2021. The current LifeMed Alaska Fairbanks base opened in 2010 and houses one Lear Jet and one King Air. The new facility will double the hangar space and add 6,600 square feet of office space, allowing for additional aircraft as well as training rooms for ongoing medical training programs.
LifeMed Alaska provides 24/7 critical care air ambulance services with full-scope transports for adult, pediatric, neonate, and high-risk obstetric patients. LifeMed Alaska employs 135 staff at regional air bases in Anchorage, Bethel, Dutch Harbor, Fairbanks, Juneau, Kodiak, Palmer, and Soldotna. Its transport fleet includes Bell 407 GXP Helicopters, Lear Jets, Beechcraft King Air 200’s, and Cessna 208 Grand Caravans fully equipped with the latest in medical transport technology. LifeMed also serves Anchorage and the MatSu Valley with ground-based ambulances.
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