Eagle III is an emergency air and ground transportation program operated by County Rescue Services, in partnership with Bellin Hospital, and St. Vincient Hospital, all in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Services are provided via ground ambulance, helicopter, turboprop or jet aircraft to and from medical facilities or accident scenes. The Eagle III rescue helicopter service performs an average of 400 transports a year
The primary mission for Eagle III is emergency air medical services to include scene flights and transport of critically ill or injured patients to facilities with specialized or greater levels of care. In addition to this, Eagle III also provides air support to local law enforcement agencies upon request due to its prime location and ability to rapidly deploy aircraft. Eagle III also flies support missions for the U.S. Secret Service during presidential visits.
Eagle III’s primary aircraft is a Eurocopter EC 135 (N135CR) with a Bell 206 (N396JS) serving as secondary. In the past the Eagle III program has operated a Bell 407 (N407CR) which has been retired, and a Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm Bo 105 (N202LF) which was lost in an accident on April 13, 2006. That was the first accident for County Rescue's air ambulance service. The program began in May 1998 with the purchase of the $1.8 million Bell 407 aircraft and construction of a $200,000 hangar and helipad at the Bellevue headquarters.
- "About Eagle III". County Rescue Services. Archived from the original on 2007-01-26. Retrieved 2007-06-17.
- Zimmerman, Jason (2006-04-14). "Hospitals Need Eagle III". WBAY-TV WorldNow. Retrieved 2007-06-17. "The Eagle III rescue helicopter service performs an average of 400 transports a year."
- Nelesen, Andy; Andy Behrendt (2006-04-14). "Investigation begins in fatal helicopter crash". Green Bay Press-Gazette. grb20173995. Retrieved 2007-06-16. "The program began in May 1998 with the purchase of a $1.8 million Bell 407 aircraft and construction of a $200,000 hangar and helipad at the Bellevue headquarters."