AirMed, the University Hospital's helicopter ambulance service, will park one of its helicopters at a Park City fire station during the winter season.

John Dwan, hospital spokesman, said the move will cut response time by 12 to 20 minutes to Wasatch Front ski resorts as well as to accidents in southeastern Wyoming and eastern Utah.The helicopter, as well as an advanced life support team, will be parked at Park City Fire Station No. 33 at I-80 and Kimball Junction.

The AirMed team will be stationed in Park City from 9:30 a.m. to dark, seven days a week, for the next three months.

Ill or injured people will receive better emergency medical care through the new satellite base, according to Dwan. "Under most conditions, AirMed can arrive faster, with the latest equipment and highly skilled personnel. It will save lives. We think it will be cost-efficient."

The helicopter ambulance service will still be dispatched through University Hospital, by calling 581-2500 or 1-800-662-0050.