by Ray Huard on.April 8, 2013 in the U~T San Diego
A helicopter to provide emergency air ambulance service would be based in
Oceanside under a deal being negotiated between the Oceanside Fire
Department and a Santa Rosa company.
“We are working with Reach Air Medical Service in establishing a base using
a public-private partnership here in Oceanside,” Fire Chief Daryl Hebert said
in an interview last week. “I see it as a great opportunity.
Mayor Jim Wood said he is “very supportive” of the plan.
“It will be an improvement, certainly for the public safety aspect and recovery,”
Wood said. With the city and county growing, Wood said the area could well
use the service.
“Plus, it will be stationed here,” Wood said.
But City Councilman Jerry Kern isn’t quite sold on the proposal.
“I don’t know if we really need one,” Kern said Monday. “I’m taking kind of a
‘wait-and-see, let’s fully investigate it’ attitude right now.”