Classic Lifeguard began service with one helicopter and
a medical crew of two basic EMT's on Memorial Day 1988. Classic began as a
seasonal service to assist the National Park Service in transporting
trauma patients off of Lake Powell to a trauma center. Classic started
lifeguard air ambulance operations because the park service would often
call Classic tour helicopters from Bryce Canyon to airlift injured people
off the lake. Mark Henderson, owner of Classic; and Dan Rudert, pilot,
decided to start Classic Lifeguard in response to the repeated requests
for air evacuation services from the park service.
From the beginning Classic has strived to maintain a
professional relationship with the folks who call us for assistance. We
work closely with the National Park Service, Navajo Nation EMS, AZ and UT
Highway Patrol, Page Fire
Department, and the various other agencies in Utah and Arizona. Our
reputation of excellence has allowed us to grow in this unique and
Much has changed since our first steps in providing air
ambulance service. When the program was started, the helicopter was
stationed at the airport and the crews stayed in a rented house nearby.
Now we enjoy a large hanger with living quarters built in. No more
scraping snow off the helicopter in the middle of winter!
We have learned much and will continue to learn as this
industry is constantly evolving. We have logged over 5000 missions
since we began service in 1988. Safety is our number one
priority and that will continue to be our focus as we operate in a very
dangerous and unique environment.