Mercy Flight Advanced Life Support “Fly Car”

Mercy Flight EMS introduced a brand-new Advanced Life Support “Fly Car” to the Genesee County Community, thanks entirely to a $96,000 grant from The Margaret L. Wendt Foundation. This paramedic response vehicle is crucial to Mercy Flight’s mission of rapid response and compassionate medical care when minutes matter.

In 2018, the grant was issued to Mercy Flight to purchase and outfit one fly car, replacing an aging vehicle from the ground response fleet. This paramedic response vehicle lessens the time between an accident, incident, or onset of a critical illness, and ensures delivery of essential advanced life support services. The vehicles are vital to improving the medical treatment that trauma victims receive immediately following an incident – ultimately optimizing survival and recovery.

“This vehicle will be housed in our Genesee County community, specifically at our Batavia base, and is ideal for paramedic intercepts, providing back up for ambulances and also supporting mutual aid requests,” says Operations Manager Larry Baumgart.

Vice President of Finance, Scott Wooton, adds, “We are so grateful to The Margaret L. Wendt Foundation for understanding the importance of our mission and supporting it so generously once again.”

The grant provided the appropriate funding to support the purchase of the SUV, emergency lights and sirens, and all essential equipment inside the vehicle, including a cardiac monitor and ventilator.

Mercy Flight extends its sincere appreciation to The Margaret L. Wendt Foundation for a commitment to bringing expert and compassionate medical care to the Western New York region and beyond.

Mercy Flight Inc., d/b/a Mercy Flight of Western New York and Mercy EMS, is an independent, nonprofit provider of medical transport services. It began in 1981 as the first medically-dedicated air ambulance service in New York State. Today, the charitable organization operates four helicopter bases staffed by Pilots, Flight Paramedics and Flight Nurses in Buffalo (headquarters), Olean, Springville and Batavia. Long distance air medical transports are conducted using a Learjet 31 and the same critical care medical teams that staff the helicopters. Flight Physicians also join the team as needed based on the condition of the patient.

Mercy Flight’s ground ambulance division, Mercy Flight EMS, provides service for Genesee County, Niagara County, and the Town of Concord and Village of Springville.

Together, the organization’s employees, now over 200 strong, support the mission of being “A BEACON OF HOPE…WHEN MINUTES MATTER.

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