Air medical company expands to Spearfish

SPEARFISH, S.D. (KOTA TV) - Black Hills Life Flight is adding a base of operations in Spearfish, according to a release from Air Methods, Life Flight’s parent company.

The deal to use Black Hills Airport/Clyde Ice Field as an air medical base this summer was inked with the city on Monday.

The addition of a Spearfish base helps Life Flight provide emergency air medical services in the northern Black Hills, eastern Wyoming and Montana; as well as southern North Dakota.

“One in every three of our flights cross state lines,” said Dave Richardson, senior vice president at Air Methods. “This base move will help improve access to critical care services and interventions for more communities.”

The Spearfish base will be staffed by 13 crew members, which includes EMS pilots, flight nurses, flight paramedics and aviation maintenance technicians. They will fly a Bell 407 helicopter.

Black Hills Life Flight will continue to base the airplane operations in Rapid City and the second helicopter operations in Hot Springs.

“We offer a flying ICU, bringing experienced trauma clinicians to the patient. Air medical services serve as a bridge between rural communities and healthcare systems, and we believe that everyone deserves access to these lifesaving services,” added Richardson.