AEL Responds to AMR Request for EMS Deployment


Air Evac Lifeteam sent team members from its base in Dublin, Georgia to assist those affected in Florida by Hurricane Ian.
Air Evac Lifeteam 102 is responding to the federal government’s request for EMS deployment for Hurricane Ian. This deployment is in response to the federal government's request to American Medical Response (AMR) for EMS transports as part of its contract with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The company sent a helicopter with a team capable of transporting patients in the response effort.

“There is much to respond to following Ian, and we are mobilizing resources as needed, and quickly,” said Randy Owen, Chief Executive Officer for AMR parent company, Global Medical Response. “GMR teams just like Air Evac Lifeteam, with partner EMS agencies from around the country, are responding to the needs in Florida as they arise.”

Prior to the hurricane, GMR teams were dispatched to Florida for patient evacuations and transfers. Requests for aid typically occur 24-48 hours ahead of a storm's forecasted landfall because of the time-sensitive operations that must take place from regional and state healthcare facilities. All deployed teams are continuously monitored and dispatched via GMR’s National Command Center (NATCOM), located in Lewisville, Texas.

“Our teams are currently on an activation that will continue at least two weeks. These emergency medical professionals and first responders will remain in communities as long as needed, with support from additional resources like this team from Georgia,” said Ted Van Horn, Chief Operating Officer for Global Medical Response. “When this Air Evac Lifeteam aircraft arrives to their assigned response area, they will be working under the guidance of FEMA, state, and local EMS agencies.”

As the nation's largest provider of ground medical transportation and FEMA's prime emergency medical service response provider, AMR has a national agreement with FEMA to provide ground ambulance, air ambulance, paratransit services and non-ambulance EMS personnel to supplement the Federal and Military response to a disaster, an act of terrorism or any other public health emergency.
AEL Responds to AMR Request for EMS Deployment