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Helicopter EMS. Help and Hope from America’s Oldest Joint Use Air Medical Program.

CareFlite's flagship is its helicopter service. Established in 1979 with one helicopter shared between two hospitals, CareFlite now operates 6 helicopter bases at Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital, Methodist Dallas Medical Center, Denton Regional Airport, McKinney National Airport, Whitney, TX and the Granbury Municipal Airport. Over 106,000 patients have been airlifted by CareFlite since 1979. CareFlite also offers hospital team specialty flights including neonate, ECMO, balloon pump, and impella transports. CareFlite’s helicopter fleet includes 2 Bell 429's (above right) and 4 Bell 407GX’s (above left). CareFlite is the only service in north central Texas that operates under instrument flight rules during times of bad weather. This permits the rapid transport of patients to critical care facilities despite the weather. Only CareFlite has commissioned nine instrument approaches to hospital helipads throughout the Metroplex.

Each helicopter crew includes:
  • An ATP (Airline Transport Pilot) at the aircraft controls with thousands of hours of flight experience
  • A CFRN (Certified Flight Registered Nurse) with a minimum of five years critical care and/or emergency nursing experience
  • An FP-C (Flight Paramedic Certified) with at least five years of progressive 911 experience

All medical crewmembers are trained in trauma, cardiac, neonatal, obstetrics, pediatrics, and burn care, as well as lab proficiency skills. Minimum certifications are Advanced Cardiac Live Support (ACLS), Basic Trauma Life Support (BTLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), and Neonatal Resuscitation Provider (NRP).

Map above shows areas of 15 minute response times. The orange circle represents a 15 minute response area around CareFlite’s newest helicopter base in Whitney, Texas. CareFlite's helicopters serve more than 100 counties within a 150-mile radius of the DFW Airport. Outside that area, CareFlite provides Fixed Wing Air Ambulance Service on board its own King Air. For more information on CareFlite’s Fixed Wing Air Ambulance Service, click here.

Safe operations in and around the helicopter are essential, so CareFlite offers Landing Zone (LZ) Safety training to its First Responder Partners in the field. To schedule an LZ class, email LandingZone@careflite.org or call or call Doak Enabnit, Senior Director of Community and Government Affairs (972) 339-4262 or (806) 777-1122.