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History of EAGLE III

The EAGLE III program has served Northeast Wisconsin since 1997.

EAGLE III's mission is to maximize health outcomes by providing high-quality, compassionate patient care and safe, rapid medical transportation.


In 1996, County Rescue Services, St. Vincent Hospital, and Bellin Hospital recognized the need for a safe and rapid means of transporting medical patients throughout Northeastern Wisconsin and beyond.  The EAGLE III flight program was formed and began transporting patients by ground in July of 1997 and by air with a VFR Bell 407 helicopter. This helicopter was replaced by a SPIFR EC-135 helicopter in August of 2001, and again by another state-of-the-art EC-135 T2+. EAGLE III received IFR (Instrument Flight Rules) certification in May of 2002 and received FAA certification to conduct commercial NVG (Night Vision Goggle) operations in November of 2004, which are both examples of our program’s commitment to providing the latest in safety technology.

In early 2000, EAGLE III began search and assist flights as a community service, not charging unless a patient needed to be transported. Past awards include the Platinum Program of Safety Award and Operator Safety Award from Helicopter Association International (HAI), Distinguished Public Service Award from the US Coast Guard, and Eurocopter’s Golden Hour Award.


“THANK YOU all for compassionate professionalism!”