LIFE FLIGHT RESUMES NEWPORT-BASED OPERATIONS ON OCTOBER 18th. HAPPY FRIDAY!!
Life Flight Network, the medical air transport service serving the central coast, will resume service to the coast at their landing area at the Newport Municipal Airport Friday, October 18th. Earlier this month, Life Flight temporarily relocated its Newport-based operations to its Corvallis base of operations until security concerns could be addressed at the Newport Municipal Airport.
Following a complaint made by Life Flight, the City of Newport conducted a thorough investigation involving the allocation of space at the Newport Municipal Airport which Life Flight officials claimed was not secure, and therefore problematic for their continued use. The city worked with tenants of the Fixed Based Operations Building to allow exclusive use of the second story of the building for Life Flight operations. This will allow the city to install doors to secure the operations area on the second floor for Life Flight use and allow a secure area for personnel and equipment.
Newport officials say the City of Newport and Life Flight are committed to ensuring Oregon’s central coast communities have access to life-saving air ambulance services. City officials said they are pleased this concern has been resolved and that Life Flight can continue to operate at the Newport Airport.
Life Flight service was never totally cancelled – rather they temporarily stopped using their base in Newport and said they would serve the coast from their their Corvallis facility. Trouble was it’s a 23 minute flight from Corvallis to Newport without having to go north or south from there. So anyone severely injured could deteriorate quickly or be deceased by the time the chopper landed and then headed back to a trauma/ER facility…because it’s another 23 minute trip back to Corvallis.
Thankfully the new agreement between Life Flight and the city of Newport (which owns the airport) has been settled as described above so Life Flight operations are back to normal.