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Memberships are Vital to Panama's LifeFlight Operations

01-24-2008 06:23 PM CET | Health & Medicine

Press release from: LifeFlight Panama

LifeFlight Panama -- Dedicated helicopter emergency air ambulance service within Panama

LifeFlight Panama -- Dedicated helicopter emergency air ambulance service within Panama

Fast response and less trauma during emergency medical helicopter transports are two important benefits a new service to Panama will provide. However, as with most helicopter emergency medical services around the world, the membership model along with community support, has proved to be the the most effective way to generate the necessary funding required to provide a good service.

"Community support is so important for this type of operation, especially in Panama," said LifeFlight Panama's Jim Thomson. "The more people that join, the better it is for everyone as these funds enable us to buy more/better aircraft, with increased capabilities for a better and safer life saving service for the community."

With operational costs for aircraft increasing, memberships enable those costs to be spread over a larger number of people, instead of the extraordinary costs of a single flight. LifeFlight Panama's memberships are based on a per household basis for residents. Tourist memberships are on a per person basis for 30, 60, and 90 days depending on the time needed. The costs are $204 yearly per household of 6 and tourist rates start at $29 for 30 days coverage. "Without memberships, a mission to Coronado and back to Panama City would cost over $8,000, and a mission to Bocas del Toro would be over $30,000," said Thomson. "Clearly, the benefit of membership means less financial stress when members call upon the service."

LifeFlight Panama's first aircraft, a Bell 206 LongRanger III, is being completed with modifications better designed for operations in Panama's unique flying environment. Delivery is expected in the USA in February 2008.

Helen Tonkin
LifeFlight Panama
Ocean Plaza, #1601
Ave. Aquilino de la Guardia & Calle 47
District of Marbella
City of Panama
Tel. +507-340-6270 or 6272
Fax. +507-340-6277

LifeFlight Panama will be the first dedicated Helicopter Emergency Medical and Air Ambulance Service based in Panama City, Republic of Panama. LifeFlight services will be supported by membership subscriptions and a foundation enabling it to fly for humanitarian as well as commercial purposes. LifeFlight will provide a rapid response for those living, working, visiting and travelling in Panama using a Bell LongRanger III helicopter with a range of 300 nautical miles.

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