Lifeguard AirEmergency Services

When a critical illness, injury or accident happens far from a hospital, the University of New Mexico Hospital’s Lifeguard Air Emergency Services is available 24/7 by ambulance and Lifeguard helicopter.

Lifeguard typically transports patients throughout New Mexico, eastern Arizona, southeastern Utah, southern Colorado and western Texas. We have also transported to and from health care facilities in California and Oklahoma.

Crews of specially trained paramedics and nurses treat and transport patients throughout the Southwest who have medical emergencies such as heart attacks, strokes, pregnancy complications or traumatic injuries.

The Lifeguard Children’s Specialty Team includes providers with neonatal or pediatric intensive care experience.

Emergency Care in the Air

Treatment begins before patients arrive at the emergency department. Our aircraft and ground ambulances are outfitted with state-of-the-art medical equipment including:

  • Hamilton ventilators
  • Adult extracorporeal membrane oxygenation
  • Twins fetal heart monitoring
  • Ultrasound equipment
  • Blood reserves
  • Incubators for sick and premature babies
  • Whole body cooling technology
  • High frequency ventilation
  • Inhalable nitric oxide

Meet Our Fleet

7 Bar logoLifeguard operates aircraft owned by our partner, SevenBar Aviation. Our fleet consists of an Agusta 119Kx Koala helicopter and a Beech King Air B200 aircraft that can fly more than 1,000 miles per trip at speeds up to 322 mph.

Lifeguard will be undergoing CAMTS reaccreditation Spring 2022!

CAMTS logoWe will have a site visit by CAMTS surveyors February 3-4, 2022.  The purpose of this site visit is to evaluate the program's compliance with nationally established medical transport standards.  Anyone believing he or she has pertinent or valid information about such matters can request a public interview from CAMTS in writing no later than 10 business days prior to the site survey by emailing CAMTS at  Please specify the nature of the information to be provided in the interview.

For Medical Professionals

Learn about Lifeguard employment, training and certification.