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ETMC Emergency Services

Trauma care for our region

Air 1

 Air 1 Taking Off


Air 1 is an important component of ETMC’s commitment to excellent patient care because they recognize every second counts when a person has been injured or is suffering from a life-threatening medical condition.

The CAMTS certified Air 1 relies on three aircraft, including the powerful EC-135 helicopter and the BO-105. These aircraft have been strategically located throughout East Texas to provide the quickest access to patients in need of urgent transport. All aircraft are teamed with a pilot, a nurse, and a paramedic and are in service 24 hours a day.

The Air 1 service area reaches from Oklahoma to Houston and from Shreveport to Dallas. Air 1 is an integral part of the ETMC Regional Healthcare System, complimenting their trauma, STEMI and stroke programs. Air 1 provides hospital-to-hospital transports as well as responding directly to scene calls, transporting patients quickly from the point of primary care to the hospital where specialized treatment can be provided.

Air 1 is proud of their excellent safety record. Transportation is provided by Metro Aviation, Inc., a leader in the helicopter ambulance industry and pioneer in helicopter safety.