LifeMed Alaska to build new hangar in Fairbanks

Published: Jul. 16, 2020 at 4:03 PM AKDT
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LifeMed Alaska, a full-scope, 24-hour medical evacuation service, is increasing its footprint in Fairbanks.

On Thursday, LifeMed Alaska broke ground on a new hangar, located south of the FedEx Ship Center on Old Airport Road, to better meet medical transportation needs in the Interior.

“It’s huge for us to be able to go out with our jet to and from bigger facilities,” said. LifeMed Alaska CEO Russ Edwards. “Having lived in Fairbanks for a number of years, I recognize it’s a big need here. This is a busy base, a lot of need in the communities around us, so we wanted to have a facility that was up to the task.”

The new facility, which is expected to be in full operation by July 2021, will double the hangar area and provide 6,600 square feet of office space, according to a press release.

In addition to more space for their aircraft, the facility will also provide training for their staff and for those who need new or upgraded medical recertifications.

“A slightly larger hangar will allow us to keep aircraft indoors during what can be, of course, some pretty harsh interior winters here in Fairbanks,” added Edwards. “It also has dedicated ambulance bays to keep them inside so they’re warm and ready to go. With all the stuff that is inside of those, that is an important thing.”

The current LifeMed base in Fairbanks opened in 2010 and houses one Lear Jet and one King Air.

“We have had our crews here for quite a long time and we’re in a facility that we have been leasing,” said Edwards. “As we looked at it, we realized that we needed a little more space, a little more of an update, and something that we own and operate here in Fairbanks.”

LifeMed Alaska empoys 135 staff at regional air bases in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Bethel, Dutch Harbor, Juneau, Kodiak, Palmer and Soldotna.

“It is a great opportunity to take care of our team that is up here, they work really hard. Most everybody, I think all of them right now live in Fairbanks. I have lived up here, we all have roots in the community, and are looking forward to taking care of them even better than we have the opportunity to do right now.”

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