Denton Getting Second Medical Helicopter | NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Denton Getting Second Medical Helicopter



    (Published Monday, Aug. 5, 2013)

    Paramedics who need to get crash victims and others to the hospital quickly will soon have another helicopter to call in Denton.

    PHI Air Medical already operates four helicopters throughout Dallas-Fort Worth and will now add a fifth to their fleet later this month.

    "We can go all the way into Oklahoma, covering Cooke and Montague and Wise and Collin counties and we can go anywhere and pick up patients where a trip might take an hour, hour and a half by car, and we can fly then in 15 minutes," said Michael Olson with PHI Air Medical

    CareFlite already operates a medical helicopter in Denton, but the Denton Regional Medical Center approached PHI about adding a second.

    "If one helicopter is busy on a different call then it’s nice to still have a second one in town,"
    said Battalion Chief Brian Glenn, with the Denton Fire Department.

    Paramedics throughout Denton County are now getting a close up look at the company’s brand new helicopter.

    "We can do a complete critical care, we basically got it's a mix between ER and ICU we carry in here," said Olson.

    Denton residents welcome the city’s second medical helicopter.

    "I think it will be great, definitely. Keep everything even twice as safe. And especially with me having kids, I mean it kind of puts you at ease," said Brandi Fairington of Denton.