AMGH Responds to AMR Request for Hurricane Michael EMS Deployment


AMGH companies are sending caregivers and rotor wing air assets to assist under AMR’s contract with FEMA.

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AMGH companies are sending caregivers and rotor wing air assets to assist under AMR’s contract with FEMA

Lewisville, TX – As an air medical network provider under American Medical Response’s (AMR) contract with FEMA, Air Medical Group Holdings (AMGH) is responding to the request to provide assistance in the recovery after devastating Hurricane Michael. AMGH companies Med-Trans and Air Evac Lifeteam will be sending crews and two rotor wing craft. They will also be sending additional medical supplies.

“Responding to catastrophic hurricanes like Michael is what our teams and providers do very well,” said Ted Van Horne, AMR President and CEO. “We partner with numerous EMS agencies to respond when our nation calls us in to help. AMR’s national scope allows us to secure whatever is needed, including appropriate personnel, vehicles, aircraft, logistics and supplies to respond quickly. This often occurs within 24-48 hours because time is critical during these disasters. This hurricane has already been very destructive and it still has a way to go. We were prepared to mobilize and move in to start helping people in need.”

AMR is the primary medical ground transportation leg of its parent company, Global Medical Response (GMR) and AMGH is the primary GMR air medical transportation company. AMGH comprises Med-Trans, Air Evac Lifeteam, Guardian Flight, REACH and AirMed International companies.

“We are committed to helping support these communities and the patients who were in the path of this catastrophic Hurricane.” said Fred Buttrell, President and CEO of AMGH. “Helping these communities will not impact our day-to-day ability to provide timely medical response for all the communities we serve.” He anticipates the crews will be on a 7-14-day activation, but that can change as the situation changes. The crews will stay in the area as long as needed. When the crews arrive at their assigned area, they will be working under the guidance of FEMA, State and local EMS agencies.

“When disasters of the magnitude of Hurricane Michael occur, we appreciate the support of all the EMS agencies who come together to work tirelessly on behalf of the affected communities,” said Ted Van Horne, AMR President and CEO. “All the teams from AMGH were embedded with us during Florence and now we have engaged them again to help with Michael.”

As the nation’s largest provider of 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.

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About American Medical Response (AMR)
American Medical Response, Inc., America’s leading provider of medical transportation, provides services in 40 states and the District of Columbia. More than 28,000 AMR paramedics, EMTs, RNs and other professionals work together to transport more than 4.8 million patients nationwide each year in critical, emergency and non-emergency situations. AMR is the Federal Emergency Medical Agency’s (FEMA) Federal Disaster Response provider. For more information about AMR, visit

About Air Medical Group Holdings (AMGH)
Air Medical Group Holdings LLC, is a leading provider of air ambulance programs throughout the United States. AMGH transports more than 100,000 emergent air patients annually through its subsidiaries, which include: Med-Trans Corporation; Air Evac EMS, Inc., Guardian Flight LLC, Reach Air Medical Services LLC and AirMed International LLC. AMGH provides more than 160,000 ground patient transports through its Lifeguard Ambulance Service LLC subsidiary. AMGH offers an array of customized air and ground medical program designs. The company’s large fleet of helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft rapidly deliver teams of highly trained professionals to patients, striving to provide the patient with the best possible outcome. For more information about AMGH, visit

About Global Medical Response
Global Medical Response, Inc. is the industry-leading air, ground, specialty and residential fire services and managed medical transportation organization. With more than 35,000 employees, we deliver compassionate, quality medical care, primarily in the areas of emergency and patient relocation services, in the United States, the District of Columbia and around the world. Care is delivered through American Medical Response, Air Medical Group Holdings and Rural Metro Fire.