GMR Mobilizes Crews, Ground and Air Assets to Evacuate St. Helena Hospital Amid Fast-Moving Wildfire


Teams from AMR and REACH are Assisting with Evacuation Efforts, Fire Line Medical Aid, and Patient Transfers.
(NAPA, Calif.) — Global Medical Response (GMR) officials today rapidly mobilized numerous air, ground and leadership resources to support the rapidly moving wildfire that threatened Adventist Health St. Helena and the surrounding communities.
As of 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 27, GMR deployed resources had evacuated all patients from Adventist Health St. Helena Hospital. Eight patients were transported by air, and 32 by ground. The All Access Transfer Center (AATC) successfully coordinated the patient placements to out-of-area hospitals. The deployed assets and staff included:
  • 4 ambulance strike teams of with resources from AMR Napa, AMR Sonoma, AMR San Mateo, AMR Contra Costa County, AMR Alameda County, and additional local ambulance area partners;
  • Air assets from REACH Air Medical: REACH 1, REACH 3, REACH 6, REACH 7, REACH 17, CALSTAR 3, and CONAIR 2;
  • Multiple staff from AMR Napa and AMR Sonoma on site;
  • One bus for less critical patients;
  • Additional Advanced Life Saving (ALS) Ambulance assisting CALFIRE via fire incident standby;

JohnRey Hassan, GMR’s Napa Regional Director, said, “The services that we provide every day through our 911 ambulance resources and emergency helicopters are even more important now during this time of need. We are deeply concerned for the safety and well-being of our community.”

Global Medical Response sent ground and air assets, crews and support personnel to St. Helena to evacuate the community’s hospital in the midst of the rapidly moving wildfire.