Brandon Buckman has been named program director for the Air Evac Lifeteam base in Sedalia.
The base, which opened in December 2005, serves communities within a 70-mile radius of Sedalia, and is one of 109 bases in Air Evac Lifeteam’s network of air ambulance bases throughout the central United States.
Buckman, of Kansas City, has a bachelor of science degree in healthcare administration from Kennedy Western University. He has 20 years of emergency medical experience, and was selected as the Missouri Emergency Medical Services Association Paramedic of the Year in 2007. He has worked as a field paramedic, flight paramedic, educator and administrator.
“I have a passion for the EMS industry, and feel like I have a lot to contribute to this position, this base and this community,” Buckman said in a news release.
Buckman said he is excited to work for Air Evac Lifeteam, which has a stated mission of saving lives in rural America.
“It was an opportunity to work in a job that provides the rural community with needed access to high-level care,” he said. “I am excited to work with this group of talented individuals. I know I have a lot of work ahead of me, but I am excited to get to work.”
Buckman’s immediate goals are to enhance the company’s relationship with the local EMS agencies and hospitals.
Air Evac Lifeteam provides air ambulance service 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It was one of the first air ambulance services in the country to offer a membership program. Members pay an annual fee, and if they are flown by Air Evac they do not have to pay for the flight. Annual memberships are $50 for an individual, $55 for a couple and $60 for a household or three or more.