The Staff for Life Helicopter Service serves the state of Missouri through the provision of stabilization and transportation of critically injured or ill children and adults by experienced flight nurses and paramedics with advanced training and education.

Responding to both injury scene and other facilities, the helicopter service personnel deliver state-of-the-art clinical care and stabilization with rapid response to requests.

Photo of helicopter.

The Staff for Life Helicopter Service fulfills the need for advanced life support and rapid transport of the critically injured to definitive care. As part of the Emergency Medical Response System, the helicopter service works cooperatively with referring law, fire and ambulance services, as well as referring facilities. Owned and operated by Air Methods Corporation in partnership with University of Missouri Health Care, the Staff for Life Helicopter Service provides rapid response, critical care nursing, advanced invasive skills, and safe transportation 24/7. Our air medical crew members meet and perform the highest obtainable standards of safety, professionalism and respect for human life.

 

Accreditation

Staff for Life Helicopter Service was successfully accredited by The Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems.

Aircraft Requests

To request a helicopter, contact the Staff for Life Communications Center at 800-325-5400.

Requests from Hospitals

Hospitals requesting inter-facility transfers do not need to be in our normal coverage zones. Our air medical transport will respond to any hospital in the state of Missouri and transfer to the receiving facility.

Information needed for patient transports:

Requests from Emergency Medical Services Providers

Information needed for patient transports:

  • Name of requesting agency
  • Call back number
  • Number and approximate age of patient(s)
  • Location of landing zone including points of reference that may be seen from the air, such as antennas, water towers, major roadways and intersections 
  • EMS may also utilize pre-designated landing zones in the area
  • Ground contact
  • Contact frequency (usually Fire Mutual Aid 154.28000)

Service Area

The map below shows the Staff for Life Helicopter’s service area; however, hospitals requesting inter-facility transfers do not need to be in our normal coverage zones. Our air medical transport will respond to any hospital in the state of Missouri and transfer to the receiving facility.

Map of helicopter service area.

The Staff for Life Helicopter Service features three aircraft at three bases in Missouri. The helicopters are located in Columbia, Osage Beach and La Monte.  

Columbia

The Staff for Life Helicopter Service’s black-and-gold helicopter is a MD-902. The MD-902, or Staff for Life One, is located at MU Health Care in Columbia. In addition to routine scene and inter-hospital flights, this helicopter is also used for Children’s Hospital pediatric and neonatal transports, and other specialty transports such as balloon pump patients. It can transport patients up to 500 pounds, features space for an additional medical team member and has the safety features of night vision, terrain avoidance and autopilot. This aircraft is also equipped to do IFR flights. The unique NOTAR design, or no tail rotor, enhances safety and reduces external noise levels.

Osage Beach

The Staff for Life Helicopter Service also operates two EC130 single engine aircraft. The EC 130 has the largest interior cabin of any single engine helicopter which makes it ideal for delivering patient care. The fenestron tail makes it more environmentally friendly by decreasing the noise level to 50% of an aircraft with an exposed tail rotor system.

The Staff for Life Helicopter Service’s Staff for Life Two, has the primary mission of providing critical care air transport for the Lake of the Ozarks region. This aircraft is based at Lake Regional Hospital in Osage Beach and primarily transports patients to Columbia, Osage Beach and Springfield.

LaMonte

The second EC130, Staff for Life Three, is based in La Monte. This aircraft is capable of transporting patients to medical facilities in Kansas City, Columbia and Springfield. It has been serving west central Missouri since 2005.