Air Medical Services

With its fleet of 7 fixed-wing aircraft and 1 helicopter, Cal-Ore Life Flight offers 24/7 emergency medical air transportation service to destinations throughout California, Oregon, and bordering states (per sending physician's authorization).

Our aircraft and crews are ready for takeoff within minutes of an emergency transport request. The clinical crew provides bedside-to-bedside service, staying with each patient from the sending location until they are safely at their destination hospital.

Since 2007, Cal-Ore has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Services (CAMTS), which sets the gold standard for patient care and safety for air medical transports.

Cal-Ore's Fixed Base Operation (FBO) at the Crescent City, CA Airport (KCEC), provides services for general aviation operators. We feature Titan aviation fuel (Jet A and Avgas) with a 24-hour self-service Avgas system. All fuel is quality controlled through strict fuel handling and filtration systems and daily fuel system checks. Cal-Ore is an approved refueler for both private and commercial aircraft, and our FBO staff is National Air Transportation Association (NATA) certified. Additionally, clean, late-model Budget/Avis rental cars are available at Cal-Ore's FBO.

Air Ambulance FAQs

No. Cal-Ore emergency services are available to anyone who needs them, regardless of membership, insurance status, or ability to pay.

Cal-Ore hospital-to-hospital air ambulance transfers are arranged by the sending facility directly through to Flight Guard, Cal-Ores command center. After obtaining the required information regarding the flight, the coordinator contacts the pilot, arranges for the appropriate flight crew, and communicates with the requesting facility, ensuring that all aspects of the transport are handled promptly and safely.

Helicopter scene response is typically requested by ground ambulance staff, fire agencies, and area dispatch centers.

Cal-Ore's communication center sets up and confirms all ground transportation from the transferring hospital to the airport and from the destination airport to the receiving facility.

Cal-ore will allow one family member to accompany the patient, especially with a child, during transport. Because there are many variables in each situation, the possibility of a family member flying along is determined by the pilot and flight team on a case-by-case basis.

We are equipped and trained to transport all types of patients in both planned and emergency situations. We transport children and adults, including high-risk obstetric patients.

Cal-Ore maintains an active continuing education department. All of our flight crew members receive 50 hours of continuing education annually. Topics include FAA Regulations and Flight Safety, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Airway Management, Flight Physiology, Trauma, High-Risk Obstetrics, Neonatal Resuscitation, and Pediatric Trauma & Advanced Life Support. Cal-Ore Life Flight also provides opportunities for our staff to attend regional and national conferences to make sure we continue to meet national standards.

If you are interested in learning more about Cal-Ore Life Flight’s air medical services, please provide us with your contact information and let us know how we can help you: Email Us

Ground Services



Cal-Ore Life Flight’s ground ambulance service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Since 1998, our highly trained medical teams have a solid track record of providing exceptional medical care to members of and visitors to our region.



Cal-Ore's non-emergent medical transportation is designed to provide Curry and Del Norte County residents with a low cost, non-emergency transportation option. Individuals wishing to use this service must be able to walk onto our vehicle or be loaded on board via wheelchair. Examples of occasions appropriate for Cal-Ore's non-emergency ground transport are needing a ride to and from a medical appointment; requiring transportation home following a hospital stay. Our vehicles include a spacious wheelchair van, a stretcher van with an electric lift, and a sedan. All are staffed by knowledgeable, thoughtful drivers trained in First Aid and CPR. Please note that non-emergent transport service is designed for those individuals requiring transportation only; our non-emergent transport staff does not provide patient care, and transportation is generally not billable to insurance for reimbursement.

Cal-Ore’s 911 ground service area encompasses all of Curry County. We also provide service for interfacility transfers such as from Sutter Coast Hospital to Medford, Oregon, or from Curry General Hospital to Coos Bay, Oregon.

Ground Services FAQs

Always dial 911. As the exclusive franchise operator for the Brookings, Harbor, Gold Beach and Port Orford communities, Cal-Ore will respond immediately.

Once you are delivered safely to the hospital, the ambulance becomes available to cover any other 911 calls received. If you would like to be taken home by ambulance, arrangements must be made with our office. Please note that most insurance providers do not cover non-emergent transports.

Our personnel are equipped and trained to handle all types of emergencies and to provide the best possible pre-hospital care. Each Advanced Life Support (ALS) ambulance carries a full range of medical equipment, supplies, and medications and meets the State of Oregon Health Division licensing standards.

If you are interested in learning more about Cal-Ore Life Flight’s ground ambulance services, please provide us with your contact information and let us know how we can help you: Email Us