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Life Link III to unveil new helicopter at Willmar base

WILLMAR — Area emergency medical providers and other health care professionals will have the opportunity to see one of the new Life Link III helicopters at an education session today, hosted at the Life Link III regional base at the Willmar Municipal Airport.

The event will include tours of the base, a meet-and-greet with Life Link personnel and an hour-long continuing education session on hypothermic emergencies.

Life Link III is updating its fleet with six new EMS-configured AW119Kx helicopters. The first one was delivered to Minnesota earlier this year from AgustaWestland’s Philadelphia assembly line.

The new helicopters feature a customized EMS interior and advanced lifesaving equipment. The avionics system includes a synthetic vision system, moving map, highway in the sky and obstacle/terrain avoidance systems for enhanced situational awareness and safety.

Life Link III operates five helicopter bases located throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Helicopter services are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, providing on-scene emergency response and inter-facility transport. Life Link III’s transportation services are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transportation Services, ensuring the highest standards of quality and safety are met on every transport.

Life Link III is a nonprofit consortium. Members include Allina Health, CentraCare Health, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, Essentia Health, St. Mary’s Medical Center, Fairview Health Services, Hennepin County Medical Center, Regions Hospital, Sacred Heart Hospital of Eau Claire, Wis., and St. Luke’s Hospital of Duluth.