New base in Lafayette County is closer to the communities it serves
Eagle 3 and its crew, previously based at Central Jackson County Fire Protection District Station #3 in Blue Springs, Mo., are moving to a newly built base just east of Odessa, Mo., in Lafayette County, near the intersection of state Highways M & O and Interstate 70.
LifeFlight Eagle's other helicopters will continue to operate out of their current base locations in Trenton, Harrisonville and Clinton, Mo.
"We are always exploring ways to provide improved access and care to the communities we serve," said Christine Zalar, President & CEO of LifeFlight Eagle. "The relocation of Eagle 3 will help us do just that in our eastern service area."
Moving the base 20 miles to the east will shorten the response times to the communities east of Kansas City, getting people the critical care they need more quickly.
The new facility will house Eagle 3, a Bell 407 helicopter, and the LifeFlight Eagle emergency medical team. The bases are staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to help serve our communities with the critical care transport they need.
"Now we will be able to have our helicopter, hangar and crew quarters all in one location like we have at our facilities in Harrisonville, Clinton and Trenton, Mo.," Zalar said. "This has proven a great way to create a more seamless and timely operation."
Crews begin responding to calls from their new location at noon on Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010.
What does this mean?
- What does the relocation mean to me?
The base relocation will improve response times and reduce flight times to our high-demand service areas east of Kansas City. All of LifeFlight Eagle's helicopters have overlapping coverage areas to respond to help critically ill or injured patients in any part of our service area.
- What does the relocation mean to my LifeFlight Eagle membership?
The base relocation does not change or impact your LifeFlight Eagle membership. You will continue to have the same LifeFlight Eagle membership benefits you have always enjoyed.