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Medical Helicopters (CO)


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Scanning Colorado Air Medical Services

The State of Colorado is served by several Air Ambulance companies that operate across the state and region. Some frequency information can be found on the Medical Helicopters Agency Page for Colorado.

Air Link at Medical Center of the Rockies

Air Link at Medical Center of the Rockies was established in 2012 as an air ambulance service based out of the Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland. Part of the UCHealth, Air Link at MCR features one rotor wing aircraft capable of high altitude rescues and a 200-mile response radius. Air Link at MCR is operated in partnership with Air Link at Regional West which is based out of the Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. Air Link at MCR utilizes a helicopter provided by EagleMed, LLC.

Helicopters

  • Air Link 1 (N911NE) - Regional West Medical Center (Scottsbluff, Nebraska)
  • Air Link 2 (N930EM) - Medical Center of the Rockies (Loveland, Colorado)
  • N911LL - Was Air Link 1, Unknown Status

Frequencies

Frequency  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
463.58750  BM  606 DPL  AirLinkMCR AirLink - Medical Center of the Rockies  FMN  EMS Dispatch 
461.98750  BM  606 DPL  AirLinkAdmin AirLink- Medical Center of the Rockies Admin  FMN  EMS-Tac 


Frequency Mode/Tone Name Usage
155.3400 156.7 PL PVH NORTH/HEAR Flight Following & LZ coordination in Larimer County

AirLife Denver

Founded in 1983, AirLife Denver is another regional air ambulance service based in Denver that serves the Rocky Mountain Region. AirLife Denver is the Critical Care Transport service for the HealthOne Network and is equipped with fixed wing, rotor wing, and ground based equipment. Fixed wing craft are provided by International Jet Aviation and based at the Centennial Airport and ground ambulances (Critical Care Transports) are provided by Rural/Metro Ambulance. Helicopters are leased from Air Methods, Inc.

AirLife Denver is dispatched by the AirLife Communications Center located in the Medical Center of Aurora-North Campus in Aurora. Calls are dispatched via Nextel and alphanumeric pager.

Helicopters

  • AirLife 72 (N772AL) - Frederick-Firestone Fire Station #2 (Frederick, Colorado)
  • AirLife 73 (N773AL) - Lincoln Community Hospital (Hugo, Colorado)
  • AirLife 74 (N374AL) - Sky Ridge Medical Center (Lone Tree, Colorado)
  • AirLife 75 (N775AL) - Cheyenne Regional Medical Center (Cheyenne, Wyoming)

Fixed Wing Aircraft

  • Unknown (N381AL) - Centennial Airport, LearJet (Englewood, Colorado)
  • Unknown (N382AL) - Centennial Airport, LearJet (Englewood, Colorado)

Ground Ambulances (Critical Care Transports)

  • AirLife 91 - Swedish Medical Center CCT (Englewood, Colorado)
  • AirLife 92 - Swedish Medical Center CCT (Englewood, Colorado)

Other Apparatus

  • Unknown - ALECS (AirLife Emergency Care Simulator) Mobile Education Unit
  • Unknown - Command Vehicle

Frequencies

Frequency  Input   
License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
129.27500            AIRLIFE DISP AirLife  AM  EMS Dispatch 
129.55000            ALIFE PP DSP AirLife - Pike's Peak Base  AM  EMS Dispatch 
462.95000  467.95000   WQVP712   RM  141.3 PL  MED-9 AL AirLife Denver  FM  EMS-Tac 


Boundaries for flight following frequencies are generally considered to be as follows:

Denver Metro Area 
North to Ft. Collins, south to Monument, east to Limon, and west to the Divide
All areas outside Metro Denver (Pikes Peak AM) 
North to I-80, south to New Mexico, east to Kansas, and west into Teller County.

DTRS Talkgroups

TG (DEC) Name Usage
2809 AIR MED 2 AirLife Flight Following, primarily used by AL73

DTRS Radio IDs

Radio ID Aircraft Registration User
130968 Communications Center
114458 N772AL AirLife 72
131831 N374AL AirLife 74

Classic Air Medical

Classic Air Medical is a private air ambulance service headquartered in Woods Cross, Utah. Established in 1988, Classic Air Medical operates in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, and Wyoming.

Helicopters

  • Classic 1 (N407MH) - Ashley Regional Medical Center (Vernal, Utah)
  • Classic 2 (N407CH) - Page Municipal Airport (Page, Arizona)
  • Classic 4 (N407CP) - Valley View Hospital (Glenwood Springs, Colorado)
  • Classic 7 (N407TH) - Moab, Utah
  • Unknown (N7160V) - Riverton Regional Airport (Riverton, Wyoming)
  • Classic 8 (N407ZM) - Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Fixed Wing Aircraft

  • Classic 6 (N181CG) - Vernal Regional Airport, King Air 90 (Vernal, Utah)
  • Unknown (N210PT) - Page Municipal Airport, Pilatus PC-12 (Page, Arizona)
  • Unknown (N64TF) - Riverton Regional Airport, Cessna Citation II (Riverton, Wyoming)

Frequencies

Not much is known about the operating frequencies at this time. Please submit if you have any information.

Lifeguard 4 was heard testing radios with Valley View Hospital on the VVH Talkgroup (8158) on DTRS on 05/18/16 with Radio ID 243706.

Moab ship has been heard on the UCAN system, and also on the Colorado DTRS system reporting to St Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction.

Flight for Life Colorado

Established in 1972, Flight for Life Colorado was the first hospital-based air ambulance program in the United States. Part of the Centura Health Network and based out of St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood, Flight for Life serves the entire Rocky Mountain Region with fixed wing, rotor wing, and ground based equipment. Rotor wing equipment is leased from Air Methods, Inc. while fixed wing aircraft is leased from and operated by Mayo Aviation based out of the Centennial Airport.

Flight for Life Colorado is dispatched by the St. Anthony Communications Center located at St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood. Calls are dispatched by Nextel and alphanumeric pager.

Helicopters

Since this is a larger operation it's not uncommon to shuffle aircraft around as needed during special events, and maintenance.
The Lifeguard call sign stays with the location, but the tail number may vary depending on which ship is in service at that location.
i.e. LG3 will almost always be the St. Francis aircraft, even though they may be flying the N392LG aircraft

  • Lifeguard 1 (N391LG) - St. Anthony Hospital (Lakewood, Colorado)
  • Lifeguard 2 (N399LG) - Summit Medical Center (Frisco, Colorado)
  • Lifeguard 3 (N397LG) - St. Francis Medical Center (Colorado Springs, Colorado)
  • Lifeguard 4 (N394LG) - St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center (Pueblo, Colorado)
  • Lifeguard 5 (N396LG) - Mercy Regional Medical Center (Durango, Colorado)
  • Lifeguard 6 (N127LG) - Mayo Aviation (Centennial, Colorado) dedicated Childrens Hospital ship
  • Lifeguard 8 - callsign used during special events
  • N390LG - Was Lifeguard 2, lost in crash 2015
  • N392LG - Was Lifeguard 2, replaced by N390LG and then N399LG, currently used as the primary fill in - seems to be kept at St Francis
  • N350MV - Helicopter used as a secondary fill in

Fixed Wing Aircraft

  • 312LG (N312LG) - Centennial Airport, LearJet 35 (Englewood, Colorado) (Was N222BE)
  • 217LG (N217LG) - Centennial Airport, KingAir/B200 (Englewood, Colorado)
  • 211LG (N211LG) - Durango-La Plata County Airport, KingAir/B200 (Durango, Colorado)

Ground Ambulances (Critical Care Transports)

  • Terra 1 - St. Anthony Central CCT (Lakewood, Colorado)
  • Terra 2 - Summit Medical Center CCT (Frisco, Colorado)
  • Terra 3 - Newborn/Young Child CCT Team

Frequencies

Frequency  Input   
License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
130.15000        BM    FFL DISP Flight for Life (am)  AM  EMS Dispatch 
155.35500      WPKV724   BM  151.4 PL  FFL PP DISP Flight for Life - Pike's Peak  FM  EMS Dispatch 
462.97500  467.97500   WPBJ412   RM  136.5 PL  MED-10 Flight for Life Denver & Frisco  FM  EMS-Tac 
155.34000        BM    FFL FCO DISP Flight for Life - Frisco Dispatch  FM  EMS Dispatch 
155.35500      WPKV724   BM  100.0 PL  FFL MM Disp Flight for Life - Methodist Mtn Base  FMN  EMS Dispatch 
152.99000  159.76500   WQOI971   RM  CSQ  FFL Kremlng Williams Peak (Kremmling, Grand County)  FMN  EMS Dispatch 
153.01250  160.15500   WQOI971   RM  CSQ  FFL GlnwdSpg Sunlight Peak (Glenwood Springs, Garfield County)  FMN  EMS Dispatch 
153.41750  159.60750   WQSX505   RM  CSQ  FFL Durango Missionary Ridge (Durango, La Plata County)  FMN  EMS Dispatch 


Boundaries for flight following frequencies are generally considered to be as follows:

Denver Metro Area 
North to Ft. Collins, south to Monument, east to Limon, and west to the Divide
All areas outside Metro Denver (Pikes Peak VHF) 
North to I-80, south to New Mexico, east to Kansas, and west into Teller County.

DTRS Talkgroups

TG (DEC) Name Usage
2808 AIR MED 1 Flight for Life Flight Following, primarily used outside of the Denver Metro Area
81 ST ANTHONY St. Anthony Hospital ER & CCT Ops

DTRS Radio IDs

May be handheld radios as radio IDs change from time to time.

Radio ID Aircraft Registration User
116641 Communication Center
422202 N391LG Lifeguard 1
129564 N399LG Lifeguard 2
422203 N397LG Lifeguard 3
422206 N396LG Lifeguard 5
129214 CCT
422201 CCT, was N109LN
479272 CCT 4
678803 Lifeguard 4 Ground
129213 Unknown status, was Lifeguard 1
130992 Unknown
244802 Unknown status, was Lifeguard 5
244803 Unknown status, was Lifeguard 2

Memorial Star Transport

Memorial Star Transport is the critical care transport service of UCHealth in Colorado Springs. They operate fixed wing, rotor wing, and ground ambulances within a five-state region surrounding Memorial Hospital Central. Memorial Star's single helicopter is leased from and operated by Med-Trans Corp. Memorial Star's ground ambulance (Critical Care Transport) is provided by American Medical Response.

Memorial Star Transport is dispatched by Aerocare Communications Center in Lubbock, Texas.

Helicopters

  • Memorial Star 1 (N515MT) - Memorial Hospital Central (Colorado Springs, Colorado)

Ground Ambulances (Critical Care Transports)

  • Unknown - Memorial Hospital Central (Colorado Springs, Colorado)

Frequencies

Frequency  Input   
Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
152.75000  158.01000   RM  115 DPL  Mem Star Memorial Star   FM  EMS Dispatch 


DTRS Talkgroups

TG (DEC) Name Usage
2812 AIR MED 5 Memorial Star Dispatch & Flight Following
4947 C9 El Paso County Interop TG, rarely used for air to ground coordination

DTRS Radios

Radio ID Aircraft Registration User
426420 N515MT Memorial Star 1
495000 Flight Communications Center

North Colorado Med Evac

Established in 1982, North Colorado Med Evac (formerly AirLife Greeley) serves the Northern Colorado area as well as portions of Wyoming and Nebraska. Part of the Banner Health System and based out of North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley, North Colorado Med Evac operates three rotor wing aircraft. North Colorado Med Evac is owned an operated by Med-Trans corporation.

North Colorado Med Evac is dispatched by their Dispatch Center located on site at North Colorado Medical Center. Calls are dispatched by alphanumeric pager.

Helicopters

  • Med Evac 1 (N911GX) - Northern Colorado Medical Center (Greeley, Colorado)
  • Med Evac 2 (N912GX) - Foothills Hospital (Boulder, Colorado)
  • Med Evac 3 (N910GX) - Akron, Colorado

Frequencies

Frequency Mode/Tone Name Usage
463.0500 110.9 PL MED 3 Flight Following & NCMC ER Channel
155.3400 156.7 PL PVH NORTH/HEAR Flight Following & LZ Coordination in Larimer County
463.0250 91.5 PL MED 2 Medical Center of the Rockies ER (Med Reports)
123.0000 AM Erie Municipal Airport CTAF/UNICOM
122.8000 AM Greeley-Weld County Airport CTAF/UNICOM

DTRS Talkgroups

TG (DEC) Name Usage
2810 AIR MED 3 Statewide Flight Following
1917 Old AirLife Greeley TG, unknown if currently used
1918 Old AirLife Greeley "RUN-1" TG, unknown if currently used

DTRS Radio IDs

Radio ID Aircraft Registration User
329142 Dispatch Center
329306 N911GX Med Evac 1
329307 N912GX Med Evac 2
329560 N910GX Med Evac 3

Reach Air Medical

Reach Air Medical operates two services in Colorado. One operation is based at Buena Vista airport as of March 2016 and is affiliated with Heart of the Rockies Hospital in Salida. The other is Southern Colorado CareConnect out of La Junta and is affiliated with Parkview Medical Center in Pueblo.

Helicopter

  • Reach 29 (N934EM) - Central Colorado Regional Airport (Buena Vista, Colorado)
  • CareConnect 1 (N719SC) - La Junta Municipal Airport (La Junta, Colorado)

Frequencies

Not much is known about the operating frequencies at this time. Please submit if you have any information.

151.5050 appears to be a repeater in the Salida Area used for dispatch.

DTRS Radio IDs

Radio ID Aircraft Registration User
643516 N719SC CareConnect 1

San Juan Air Care

San Juan Air Care is based out of San Juan Regional Medical Center in Farmington, NM. They operate one Bell 429 Helicopter, and one fixed wing. They and transport from South West Colorado, and occasionally to the Denver Metro area.

Helicopter

  • Air Care 1 (N911NM) - San Juan Regional Medical Center (Farmington, New Mexico) (DTRS Radio ID 232533)

Fixed Wing Aircraft

  • Unknown (N912NM) - Four Corners Regional Airport, Unknown Aircraft (Farmington, New Mexico)

Frequencies

Not much is known about the operating frequencies at this time. Please submit if you have any information.

St. Mary's CareFlight

St. Mary's CareFlight was established in 1976 to provide critical care transport services to the Grand Junction & Greater Rocky Mountain Region. As of November 2012, AirMethods has taken over operations of the fixed wing, and is providing a Eurocopter AS350. St. Mary's CareFlight is NOT affiliated with the TriState CareFlight program based in Arizona.

It is believed that St. Mary's CareFlight is dispatched by the nationwide AirMethods Center in Nebraska.

Helicopters

  • CareFlight 3 (N913SM) - St. Mary's Hospital (Grand Junction. Colorado)
  • CareFlight 4 (N914SM) - Montrose Memorial Hospital (Montrose, Colorado)
  • (N3817) - Relief copter for CareFlight 3 & 4 as needed

Fixed Wing Aircraft

  • CareFlight 2 (N912SM) - Grand Junction Regional Airport (Grand Junction, Colorado

Frequencies

Frequency Mode/Tone Name Usage
122.7000 AM Primary/Helipad
123.0250 AM Secondary/Air to Air/Air to Ground
155.3400 FM CSQ HEAR CareFlight Voice Paging & Air to Ground Comms
463.1750 141.3 PL MED 8 St. Mary's Hospital ER (Med Reports)
464.4000 127.3 PL St. Mary's Hospital Security (Landing notifications)

Common Frequencies & Landing Zone Coordination

Frequency use will vary by company and incident. It is a good idea to keep all of these plugged in during an incident as they are randomly assigned.

DTRS Talkgroups

TG (DEC) Name Usage
3996 AIR NET PSAP Dispatch to Air Medical Dispatch

Common/Shared Air Frequencies

Frequency Mode Usage
123.0250 AM National Rotor Wing Air to Air Frequency ("Deconfliction" & Position Reporting)
122.7500 AM National Fixed Wing Air to Air Frequency
123.0500 AM Denver Area CTAF/UNICOM
123.0750 AM Denver Area CTAF/UNICOM

Landing Zone Coordination

Frequency Mode/Tone Name Usage
154.2800 FM CSQ VFIRE21 VHF Fire 21 (Was FERN 1, commonly used across the state)
154.2650 FM CSQ VFIRE22 VHF Fire 22 (Was FERN 3)
154.2950 FM CSQ VFIRE23 VHF Fire 23 (Was FERN 2)
155.3400 FM CSQ HEAR Hospital Emergency Ambulance Radio (commonly use across the state)
155.4750 FM CSQ NLEC National Law Enforcement Channel (commonly use in the mountains)
853.7875 156.7 PL STACD Statewide Channel, Direct
851.1000 293 NAC SMPX1 Statewide Simplex Channel 1
851.7500 293 NAC SMPX2 Statewide Simplex Channel 2
851.3000 293 NAC SMPX3 Statewide Simplex Channel 3
851.5500 293 NAC SMPX4 Statewide Simplex Channel 4
853.6875 293 NAC SMPX5 Statewide Simplex Channel 5




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