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By Seth Romsa
Staff Writer 

County Commissioners renew Guardian Flight contract


October 17, 2019

WORLAND – The Washakie County Commissioners approved renewing a contract with Guardian Flight to provide medical transportation services to Washakie County residents during Tuesday’s regular meeting at the courthouse.

Guardian Flight, recently acquired by Air Medical Group Holdings Inc. (AMGH), operates a fleet of approximately 100 fixed and rotor wing aircraft dedicated to air medical flights in the Upper Midwest, Mountain West, Southwest, Alaska and Hawaii. With more than 800 professional staff, including clinical providers, pilots, mechanics, trained communicators and support staff, Guardian Flight’s aircraft and associated medical crews are at 55 bases in 13 states that serve a total of 15 states.

All of the Guardian Flight companies are active in AirMedCare Network, the largest alliance of affiliated air ambulance providers.

The contract for a membership was renewed at the same rate as last year, with a fee of $42,188 being the cost for Washakie County in a one-year deal. The contract automatically enrolls residents in an AirMedCare Network membership.

The membership means residents will allow residents to be life-flighted by an AirMedCare air ambulance at no charge.

The contract has saved millions of dollars for Washakie County residents since it was introduced in 2015, according to Keith Van Brunt of Guardian Flight.


•Earlier in the morning during the Tuesday meeting, the commissioners approved a bid for $15,000 placed by Inberg Miller Engineers from Riverton, based on prior positive experiences with the company, and a reasonable bid being placed.

•County Planner David Anderson said he believes that any of the firms would have done a great job on the project, and the commissioners chose Inberg Miller over Geotechnical LLC out of Jackson, Strata out of Gillette, and WJE Engineers Architect Scientists out of Lakewood, Colorado.

•Washakie County Public Health Nurse Manager Amanda Heinemeyer reported that there have been about 350-400 doses of the flu vaccine given, and a new shipment is expected this week.

Heinemeyer brought it to the attention of the commissioners that the fan had broken in the fridge holding vaccines and it caused an alarm to go off for the fridge. This led to a discussion with Washakie County Clerk Mary Grace Strauch on whether insurance could be placed on the medicine in the fridges in case of a major equipment breakdown, and insurance was placed on the medicine.

Heinemeyer also had a concern with the thermometer in the vaccine freezer, as it had an alarm go off and she would like to get those thermometers replaced as soon as possible.

•Tom Schmeltzer of Building Maintenance addressed the board about the pipes being backed up and clogged in the courthouse above dispatch and the kitchen in the jail. This will force a section of the pipe to be replaced with PVC pipe, and the system to be flushed out. This will force the ceiling and floor to be replaced, and they will also look to repaint the walls in dispatch.

Keith Bower of Road and Bridge updated the board on the completion of the repairs on North Hillcrest Drive, as well as the slab being completed on Road 17. He also updated the commissioners on his intent to send a truck down to Casper to pick up the cattle guards, as well as the snow plows being ready to use for the upcoming winter.

The commissioners went into executive session twice, once for personnel with Bower, and once with County Attorney John Worrall for legal issues.


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