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EagleMed crews, airplanes helping in Harvey’s aftermath

U.S. Coast Guard chopper flies over flooded Houston and makes rescues

Watch video footage provided by the U.S. Coast Guard that shows parts of the Houston area flooded and also rescues made by the chopper crew.
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Watch video footage provided by the U.S. Coast Guard that shows parts of the Houston area flooded and also rescues made by the chopper crew.

Air ambulance service provider EagleMed has sent crews and airplanes to Texas in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

Sister company Med-Trans Corp. said in a news release on Sunday that eight pilots and 16 medical crew members were sent to Temple, Texas, where they have been flying storm-related medical transports. The pilots and medical crews are from EagleMed bases in Wichita, Garden City, Goodland and Liberal. They are operating aircraft from each of those bases, which include Beechcraft King Air C-90s from Garden City, Goodland and Liberal, and a King Air B-200 from Wichita.

They’ve been primarily moving critical care patients from threatened hospitals to medical facilities that are in unaffected locales.

“Overall, Med-Trans and its sister companies that are part of Air Medical Group Holdings … have deployed approximately 50 aircraft, including helicopters and fixed wing aircraft, along with flight and medical crews to aid in the aftermath of the devastating storm,” Mark Holcomb, Med-Trans program director for western Kansas, said in the release.

Jerry Siebenmark: 316-268-6576, @jsiebenmark

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