Published: Aug 21, 2012 11:20 AM EDT
Updated: Aug 21, 2012 5:05 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Lee County Emergency Medical Services (LCEMS) has temporarily suspended its MEDSTAR flight operations to begin reconfiguration towards national accreditation standards. The service was suspended at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday.

According to John Wilson, Lee County’s Public Safety Director, “Helicopter service will remain available to the residents and visitors of Lee County. We will rely on mutual aid support to assist us during this reconfiguration period. Safe operations are our number one priority.”

The operational redesign will be developed around meeting or exceeding the standards established by The Commission of Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS). These standards identify the national/international best practices for medical care configurations and operations of rotor-wing and critical care ground transport.