Classic Air Medical helicopter in flight. Courtesy/PEEC
To live in Northern New Mexico is to be surrounded by rugged beauty. But what happens if you have a medical emergency when you’re out exploring the wilderness?
Luckily Classic Air Medical, a helicopter medical transport service, is ready to help. At 7 p.m. Tuesday, at the Los Alamos Nature Center, 2600 Canyon Road, meet pilot Geoff Rodgers and the medical team to discuss the exciting work of this helicopter rescue company and how they work with the local community.
Rodgers is a former Los Alamos County councilor who served as a pilot for both the U.S. Army and the U.S. Army Reserves, and has experience flying for EMS, firefighting and powerline construction operations.
Classic Air Medical began as Classic Tour Helicopters, a helicopter tour service operating around Bryce Canyon. Over the years, the increased need in emergency transportation and search and rescue operations led Classic Air Medical to change its focus from tourism to its current mission of emergency air transportation services. It serves not only New Mexico, but also Wyoming, Oregon, Colorado and Arizona.
The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) was founded in 2000 to serve the community of Los Alamos. It offers people of all ages a way to enrich their lives by strengthening their connections to our canyons, mesas, mountains, and skies. PEEC operates the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road, holds regular programs and events, and hosts a number of interest groups from birding to hiking to butterfly watching. PEEC activities are open to everyone; however members receive exclusive benefits such as on programs and merchandise. Annual memberships start at $35. To learn more, visit www.peecnature.org.