Remote Access Ride for LifeFlight
Hosted by the East Branch Sno-Rovers in Medway, Maine, this 50-mile snowmobile ride takes you through some of the most beautiful scenery in the state. Join us on Saturday, February 2 for a morning ride in the shadow of Mount Katahdin, followed by a delicious spaghetti lunch.
What: 50-mile snowmobile ride
When: Saturday, February 2, 2019 (snow date is Feb 9)
Where: East Branch Sno-Rovers, Hathaway Road, East Millinocket
How much: $30 per sled
8am: Registration with coffee and donuts
9am: Ride begins
11am: LifeFlight helicopter tours (pending aircraft availability)
12pm: Spaghetti Lunch (sold separately by the East Branch Sno-Rovers)
All proceeds from the event benefit LifeFlight of Maine's remote access project.
Help us saves lives off road.
When LifeFlight began operations in 1998, because of locating and access challenges, six to eight hours or greater was the normal medevac time for logging and recreational injuries. Many patients just ran out of time from otherwise survivable injuries. To meet these challenges LifeFlight created the Remote Access Project—a system of care beyond the roads.
The project now includes over 120 remote access LZs, all on private land with landowner liability releases, each with a responsible agency monitoring and keeping the site clear for 24/365 access. The sites are marked by a standard yellow sign picturing a LifeFlight helicopter, location name, grid coordinates, and instructions for how to get help. All of the remote LZ locations and coordinates are incorporated into an online database together with the over 700 formal LZs across the state accessible by any 911 PSAP.
The voluntary project incorporates every stakeholder in remote Maine including the Maine Warden Service, State Police, Department of Conservation, the Customs and Border Patrol, ANG air assets, Maine Fire Chiefs, all the State and Regional 911 PSAPs, County Sheriff’s, Baxter and Acadia Park Rangers, EMS Agencies, County EMA directors, local fire departments, snowmobile and ATV clubs, woodland and paper companies, wind tower contractors, hunting lodges, and land conservation groups.
The organization of the system saves precious minutes choreographing multiple agencies, personnel, and time tied together by the LifeFlight helicopter teams when a patient is beyond the roads.
This event is sponsored by the LifeFlight Foundation, LifeFlight of Maine, East Branch Sno-Rovers and the Maine Snowmobile Association.