From 1989-1997, Westlog Aviation, a FAA Commercial Air Carrier, provided the aircraft and flight crew in a joint venture with the local ground ambulance provider in Del Norte County, California. During that period approximately 1,000 medical air transport missions were flown, utilizing two fixed-wing Cessna 421 aircraft. Westlog was also designated Del Norte County's Crescent City Airport Fixed Base Operator (FBO), offering aviation fuel sales, maintenance, charter flights, and flight instruction.
In January 1998, Westlog Aviation began its own independent air ambulance operations under the name Cal-Ore Life Flight (dba). Cal-Ore added its own medical flight equipment and crewmembers necessary to operate as a Critical Care, Advanced Life Support (ALS), air transport provider. The following September, Cal-Ore Life Flight acquired the operations and assets of Southern Curry Ambulance Association, the ground ambulance provider for the Brookings, Harbor and Gold Beach areas of Curry County.
By 2001, the flight operations had grown to three aircraft and the first of five Piper Cheyenne II jet-props was purchased. A ground ambulance replacement program began in 2002, with the company purchasing the first of several new ground units.
In 2003, the new Brookings administrative office and ground ambulance crew quarters was completed. This combined facility provides complete housing for on-duty crews, training facilities, supply storage, and administrative functions.
In 2004, the ground ambulance fleet had expanded to eight (8) ambulances. Cal-Ore was operating five (5) aircraft and employed seven (7) pilots and over twenty (20) flight medical team members.
The Eureka, California, satellite base was opened in 2005, and an aircraft was permanently stationed there in 2007, to service our growing operations in Humboldt County. That same year, Cal-Ore's air program became CAMTS accredited, making it one of only 130 +/- to do so across the U.S. In addition, the company started a training institute offering CPR, First Aid, PALS, ACLS, and other classes to the public. A "Sim-Man" and "Sim-Baby" were purchased to assist with training.
In 2009, Cal-Ore became an American Heart Association BLS Training Center and an EMS Safety Services Regional Training Center.
In December 2012, Cal-Ore announced their merger with REACH Air Medical Services, based in Santa Rosa, CA. The merger of the two privately-held companies, created the most comprehensive network of medical air and ground transportation in the Western United States. REACH, with 13 helicopter bases and one airplane base, and Cal-Ore, with two airplane and two ground ambulance bases, had been collaborators in patient transport services for years. Their mutual commitment to safety, outstanding patient care and customer service brought two organizations together into a broader network.
Over the years, Cal-Ore Life Flight has received several awards including the 1999 State of Oregon "Commitment to Quality" award; the 2000 "EMS Administrator of the Year", to Company President, Dan Brattain; and a 2001 Medal of Valor to two Cal-Ore EMT's. In 2006, the Del Norte Chamber of Commerce named Dan Brattain "Business Leader of the Year".
Today, Cal-Ore continues to provide the highest quality care to the patients, customers and communities it serves. With 8 ambulances; 7 fixed-wing aircraft and a remote scene support helicopter; a newly remodeled FBO facility providing quality Shell aviation products; and a staff of over 60 dedicated employees, Cal-Ore looks forward to expanding its service areas to meet the needs of surrounding communities.
Cal-Ore Life Flight - "Experience and Dedication You Can Depend On"