CALSTAR opens its hangars to public |

CALSTAR opens its hangars to public

California Shock/Trauma Air Rescue will conduct an open house at it new CALSTAR VI facilities from 5:30 p.m. Jan. 8 at the South lake Tahoe Airport. CALSTAR has provided emergency air medical transport services for 19 years and is the largest nonprofit community service air ambulance in California.

CALSTAR IV, which opened in South Lake Tahoe in October 2001, provides air medical transport services to the Sierra Nevada Region, Lake Tahoe Basin and surrounding communities. CALSTAR IV conducted 329 transports since they opened last year and has been a wonderful adjunct to the Emergency Medical Services System. During the open house CALSTAR will provide tours of its facilities and aircraft and give attendees a chance to meet the crew and discuss CALSTAR and its lifesaving mission. Appetizers will be provided by Chase’s Bar and Grill, also located at the airport.

CALSTAR also offers a membership program to residents of rural communities. CALSTAR members will not receive a bill from CALSTAR if transported by one of their helicopters or any of their reciprocal partners throughout the western United States. The base at South Lake Tahoe will expand CALSTAR’s service area and expand the coverage area to CALSTAR members. CALSTAR currently operates helicopter services from bases in California at South Lake Tahoe, Gilroy, Auburn, Ukiah, Salinas and Santa Maria, with an airplane service in Jackson, which covers the entire Far West. Founded in 1983, CALSTAR is the largest air ambulance provider in Northern California and has flown nearly 19,000 patients while maintaining an outstanding safety record.

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