Medical helicopter service in Hastings begins

A medical transportation company officially has begun the service of its new, Hastings-based helicopter, a long-awaited addition to the company's existing ground and air transportation fleet.

Midwest Medical Transport Co., Nebraska's largest private ambulance operator, operates ambulance and wheelchair transportation services in Hastings and 12 other cities across Nebraska and western Iowa and has been operating a single Midwest MedAir helicopter based at North Platte Regional Airport since 2010.

The company's new, second chopper arrived at the Hastings Airport in January and has been undergoing quality testing since then. The craft received its final certification for medical response calls March 4.

"Our flight service in North Platte receives pretty consistent calls, so we are very excited to be able to expand our outreach with a second helicopter," said Kim Wessels, a certified flight nurse with Midwest MedAir.

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