Life Flight Facts

  • Intermountain Life Flight began service on July 6, 1978, the 7th air medical transport program in the U.S. and has transported 52,546 patients since it began.
  • Life Flight has flown 6,778,138 patient related miles; 53% of all transports are children; 26% of all Life Flight patients are in a fixed wing aircraft (airplane); 30% of helicopter flights are to scene locations.
  • Life Flight is the first and only civilian air ambulance organization in the United States certified by the FAA to conduct hoist rescue operations. The first patient hoist was done on May 29, 1999. There have been 89 completed hoist missions since then, some with multiple patients. In January 2006 three patients, three search and rescue members and a 250 pound equipment load was hoisted from Mt. Olympus.
  • An average of 10.3 patients are transported every day by Life Flight.
  • 217 people are full or part-time employees of Intermountain Healthcare Life Flight.
  • Life Flight was the first Utah air medical service to be accredited by the Commission of Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS).
  • The Life Flight Communications Center has two dispatchers on duty 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
  • Life Flight is the first flight program in Utah where all three crewmembers wear night vision goggles during night missions; one set of goggles costs $10,000.
  • All three Life Flight fixed wing aircraft have the Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System (EGPWS) installed.