Mercy Flight Celebrates 40 Years in Western New York | New


OLEAN – Mercy Flight is celebrating 40 years of air and ground emergency medical transportation to the community of western New York today with a party at RiverWorks.

Forty years ago, the founders of Mercy Flight had a simple vision, ”said Daniel P. Mecca, President of Mercy Flight. “(We) provide emergency medical air transport to the people of western New York. Today, that vision has grown into one of the largest non-profit providers of emergency medical transportation in the country. “

There is now a fleet of 4 state-of-the-art Bell 429 helicopters, 20 ground ambulances, four paramedic flying cars and over 200 employees.

“From helicopter bases in Batavia, Buffalo, Olean and Springville, Mercy Flight provides primary air ambulance services to eight counties in western New York State, including Genesee, Niagara, Erie, Chautauqua , Cattaragus, Orleans, Allegany and Wyoming, ”said Keri Simon, outreach coordinator for Mercy Flight in Olean. “We are also responding with some regularity from our base in Olean to parts of northwestern Pennsylvania.”

Earlier this month, the Olean site celebrated its 20th year with an open house to show not only its equipment, but also the fire trucks, ambulances, equipment and the men and women who serve the community. as first responders.

“The Sept. 12/20 Open House at Base Olean was a success – yes, even with the Bills (Buffalo),” added Simon. “We are extremely grateful for the continued support from the community. “

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