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KRMC’s A.L.E.R.T. participates in Great Fish Community Challenge fundraiser

The Kalispell Regional Medical Center’s A.L.E.R.T. program is participating in the Whitefish Community Foundation’s 2019 Great Fish Community Challenge. The Challenge, which runs from July 25 through September 13, is an innovative fundraiser that inspires awareness and giving for multiple nonprofits by matching designated community donations with its Match Fund.

The primary use of funds received from The Challenge will support A.L.E.R.T.’s Extreme Weather Survival Training — an initiative to provide five pilots, 14 nurses, and 10 medics with advanced survival training for the extreme weather conditions of Northwest Montana faced by the A.L.E.R.T. helicopter program. The training will offer survival information, demonstrations, and hands-on education emphasizing current principles of human physiology and body management in extreme conditions.

For more than four decades A.L.E.R.T. has provided crucial advanced life support and critical care transport to remote communities of Northwest Montana. A Bell 407 helicopter with a pilot, nurse and medic, A.L.E.R.T. has a 300 mile range and transports approximately 360 patients per year. In 2018 alone, 462 missions were flown by ALERT with 142 of those cases deemed as life-saving. ALERT is available 24/7 with the use of night vision and other technical advances.

As a nonprofit service, A.L.E.R.T is committed to remaining accessible to the people it serves, regardless of their ability to pay, and continually seeking opportunities to improve the quality of its service.

To support the A.L.E.R.T. Extreme Weather Survival Training initiative, make a donation through the Great Fish Challenge before September 13, 2019.