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Southern Utah News Front Page: November 15, 2018

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Classic pulls their chopper out of Kanab, to Fort Mojave

Classic Air Medical recently moved their Kanab-based helicopter and crew to Fort Mojave, Arizona. Kane County will now be serviced out of Page, Arizona. Photo by Shawn King.


By Sandy Rosdahl

When there has been an emergent need for air support, Kane County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue has been lucky enough to be able to call on Classic Air Medical. Originally, Classic was known locally only as Classic Tour Helicopters. It provided scenic flights for paying customers over Bryce Canyon. Classic Air Medical was created in response to the need for air medical evacuation services. A helicopter was dedicated to the operation and a specialized flight crew recruited. The origin of operation was moved closer to Lake Powell and from there the program developed.

For over 30 years, Classic Air Medical has been filling needs for emergency air medical transport services to emergency rooms and hospitals. Headquartered in North Salt Lake, Utah, with additional bases in Wyoming, Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico, their service area includes a vast terrain from desert sands to the beautiful waterways in these states. They are dedicated to training medical and aviation teams with the skills required to meet the needs of the transport.

Beginning in 2015, Classic Air Medical opened a base in Kanab, assisting in searches, rescues and training with KCSAR. During that time, Classic responded whenever the need arose and provided a more efficient method of extracting and searching in our community and surrounding areas.

As of November 1, 2018, Classic transfered their Kanab-based team to Fort Mojave, Arizona. KCSAR would like to express our deepest thanks and respect for all that the Classic Kanab crew has done for us. Their skills and work ethic are top notch. We will miss the members of the Kanab crew and wish them luck in their new endeavors. We look forward to working with the Page-based crew in the future.

“It’s a devastating loss for our county,” said Kane County Sheriff Tracy Glover. “I’m just sick about it. They were great and we worked well with them on accidents and search and rescues.”

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