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EMS Helicopters in Iowa
Med Force
155.3400
462.9500
463.0000
462.95 & 463.0
both use 167.9
Med Force is based in Colona Il. It was established after Air Evac 6 pulled out of the area. The Current Med Force 1 is a BBK EC-135-T2.An earlier Med Force 1 was a Bell 222 helicopter. The crew is paged out on 462.950 by MEDIC EMS. Flightfollowing takes place on 462.950. Try listening to 467.950 if you are not in the Quad-Cities area. Some commuciations is via the RACOM Network. There is a second MEDFORCE Helicopter based at the Great River Medical Center in Burlington. They are dispatched by MEDCOM on 462.95 like MedFORCE 1 and use the RACOM Network for communications at times.
Air Care
155.2050
155.3400
463.0750
155.4750
192.8
0.0
The University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics leases two small Helicopters. #1 is based in Iowa City and #2 is at Covenant Hospital in Waterloo. Uses local public safety channels to communicate with on scene agencies. At left are the most recent ones Aircare has used in this area. There are also 14 ground units. Crew is paged out on 155.205. 463.075 is used in the simplex mode from air to ground, it is also used for crew alerting at AIRCARE base in Iowa City.

A Press release from May 2002 states that dispatch duties are now from LifeCom in Omaha. RACOM's EDACS TG 14-142 has been heard with position reports.

Life Guard

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F1 155.340 Statewide EMS
F2 155.220 Dispatch
F3 155.280
154.430 Linn County Fire
154.265 Linn County Search & Rescue
also heard
155.475 AID
154.280 FIRE-DEFENSE (frequencies updated 1/26/03)
St. Luke' Medical Center of Cedar Rapids. A Bell Jet Ranger. Uses local public safety channels to communicate with on scene agencies. The Hospital website has a gallery of photographs of past and present Lifeguard helicopters
Life Flight

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155.340
155.175
463.175
123.050
?
"Heliport"
Here is some information about Life Flight helicopter based at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa.

155.175 "Life Flight 1"
Used primarily for in flight communications. Most local FD & EMS have this frequency for direct communication with either Methodist base or Life Flight helicopter.

453.175 "Life Flight 2"
Used primarily for in hospital communication,including flight paging. Also available for in flight communication.

123.050 "Victor"
Used by both Methodist base and Mercy base and their respective aircraft: Life Flight and Air Life to coordinate each other's air traffic in downtown Des Moines. Also, "foreign" aircraft to the area will coordinate with each hospital base.

Mercy Air Life

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462.950/467.950
155.325
155.340
123.050
? Based in Des Moines

123.050 "Victor"
Used by both Methodist base and Mercy base and their respective aircraft: Life Flight and Air Life to coordinate each other's air traffic in downtown Des Moines. Also, "foreign" aircraft to the area will coordinate with each hospital base.

Mercy Air Care
155.340
155.160
a Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, IA.

The callsign is MAC-1 They use 155.340 for patient information and use 155.160 for dispatching. The can use other channels to coordinate with crews on the scene.

Mercy Air Life North a a Mercy Air Life North
is based at Mercy North in Mason City.
also information for EMS Helicopters that may fly into Iowa from surrounding states
LIFE FLIGHT
155.3400
123.0500
0.0
"Heliport"
Based at St. Francis Hospital in Peoria, IL
UCAN
? ? University of Chicago Aeromedical Network

A Dauphin 2 flies in a 200mile radius of Chicago.

LifeNet
155.325
155.220
155.475
122.725
? LifeNet Critical Care Transport is based in Omaha, NE. Serves a area of 200 mile radius of Omaha. A BK-117 is at either St. Joseph or University Hospitals. A second B-117 is available during peak hours. A Cessna 441 Conquest II aircraft is available for transport flights.
Lifeline

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155.340 a St. Anthony Medical Center, Rockford IL.
REACT

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155.340 a Regional Emergency Acute Care Transport
Rockford Memorial Hospital.
Air Angels

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a a Air Angels based at DuPageAirport in West Chicago, IL.
Med Flight

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Photo Courtesy of Gary R. Hahn
463.175
155.400
155.340
462.950/467.950
462.975/462.975
Med Flight

Med Flight
Med Flight 2

University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI.

Med Flight 1, a Agusta 109E
Med Flight 2 is a Bell 222UT

When Med Flight responds to "Scene" requests, It uses either MARC II (151.280), Talk Around or State EMS (155.340).

Trauma One 462.975/467.975 MED 10 Sioux Valley Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD. A Bell 230. Also two Beechcraft King Air B200 twin-engine airplanes known as Intensive Air 1 & 2 Uses local public safety channels to communicate with on scene agencies. (may operate on CareFlight channels)
CareFlight
462.950/467.950
155.340
155.400
MED 9
"statewide"
"Region 3"
Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD. Serves the Avera System with hospitals in Aberdeen, Mitchell, Yankton, and Sioux Falls. Uses local public safety channels to communicate with on scene agencies.
(may operate on Trauma One's channels)
Mayo Medical Air Transport

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155.385 a Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
Has been heard on MED 9 462.950/467.950.

Mayo One is BKK-117 Helicopter
Mayo MedAir are fixed wing aircrafts

MedLink Air

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a a Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center
La Crosse, WI

Medlink Air is a BKK-117

LifeFlight Eagle
a 160.185 might used. It was heard in the Des Moines area with LifeFlight 1 talking to "Lifecom" LifeFlight Eagle is based at Kansas City MO's Downtown Airport. There are two BKK-117
LifeNet 2-1
a a LifeNet 2-1 is based at Rosecrans Hospital in St. Joseph MO.
It part of the same company that runs LifeNet in Omaha NE listed above.
Air Evac Team 5 a a Air Evac is regional air medical service in Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennesse, Alabama, Georgia, Indiana and Illinois. Team 5 is located in Quincy IL. Lee County in Iowa is within range of its base in Quincy.
More Links:

Alec Buck's EMS Helicopters
Airmed Database Search
Air Medical Evacuation (Medevac) Helicopters in the Northeastern United States

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