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Updated Feb 12, 2013 - 10:38 am

Flagstaff hospital’s helicopter shares load with DPS

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Flagstaff Medical Center’s air arm is stepping in to
help with search and rescue missions in northern Arizona at a time when the
state Department of Public Safety’s Flagstaff-based helicopter is grounded much
of the time because of budget constraints.

Recent search and rescue missions flown by Guardian Air included when a
parachutist was killed near the confluence of the Colorado and Little Colorado
Rivers.

Another recent mission delivered search-and-rescue personnel into Meteor Crater
when a man jumped a fence and leapt into a mineshaft.

The Arizona Daily Sun reported that the DPS’
Flagstaff-based Ranger helicopter alternates being operational with the DPS
helicopter based in Kingman.

Likewise, DPS helicopters in Phoenix and Tucson take turns being operational in
southern Arizona.

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