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New Life Flight app is saving lives

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TRI-CITIES, WA - A new app is helping save lives with the touch of a button. The app allows hospitals and first responders to call for a life-saving air ambulance.

Emergency rescue in the palm of your hand, the new Life Flight app called LFN Respond was released last month and is specifically designed for medical personnel.

With just one touch of a button on your phone, users get vital information sent to flight crews.

Regional Director Michael Weimer says the app's purpose is simple.

"The app was developed for one purpose: to make it as efficient as possible for emergency responders and hospitals to request Life Flight Network during an emergency," Weimer said.

Like the PulsePoint app, this program sends information like the GPS location of where the emergency is happening, and then dispatches Life Flight Network crews.

Once a flight call has been made using the app, users can view a real-time progress tracker that shows the aircraft's location while en-route and when it's expected to arrive.

"The app, much like PulsePoint, is a resource that emergency responders and hospital personnel can use in the event of an emergency," explained Weimer. "It eliminates the need for a long phone call, when we recognize that resources and personnel are already limited."

With only a full month use, it's already proving that it's helpful. Hospitals, first responders, fire departments, ski patrols... and other qualified agencies get to use the app. By having this available to all areas of our region, everyone can work together more efficiently to get people the emergency care they need as quickly as possible.

If you'd like more information about Life Flight, just visit https://www.lifeflight.org/.

Right now there's an enrollment special - just $40 a year as compared to the usual $65 a year.

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