Life Flight Network of Aurora, Oregon has completed the Helicopter Association International (HAI) Accreditation Program of Safety (HAI-APS). The HAI-APS was developed to help participating businesses fly to a higher standard of safety and professionalism, improve safety cultures and reduce losses that result from avoidable accidents and incidents.
“Safety and patient care are our top priorities,” says Life Flight Network CEO Michael Griffiths. “We are uncompromising in our adherence to the highest safety standards and committed to maintaining a culture of safety. Our accreditation by HAI is an illustration of this commitment.”
HAI president and CEO Matt Zuccaro adds: “In completing the HAI-APS accreditation, Life Flight Network demonstrates the commitment to safety that we hope every company embraces. Life Flight Network has indeed demonstrated that it flies to a higher standard of safety.”
Life Flight Network earned helicopter mission-specific accreditation for helicopter air ambulance while also elevating its International Standards for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) registration to Stage Three. Stage Three is the highest level of IS-BAO certification and “verifies that safety management activities are fully integrated into an operator's business and that a positive safety culture is being sustained.”
Life Flight is a not-for-profit air medical transport service with 25 bases throughout Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana. For more than 41 years, it has worked together with local police, EMS, fire departments, emergency responders and hospitals to help ensure patients receive the highest quality care.
To become HAI-APS accredited, participating companies must first demonstrate their operations follow internationally accepted standards of safety and professionalism for helicopter operations. The HAI-APS is a voluntary non-profit programme offered as a service to HAI regular operator members.