Puerto Rico’s government has bought its own air ambulance months after the U.S. territory was left without one as a result of the administration’s financial crisis.
Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla said Thursday that his administration spent $8 million to buy a helicopter for the island’s health department. The announcement comes seven months after the only air ambulance company then operating in Puerto Rico suspended its services because of an unpaid multimillion-dollar government debt.
Since that service suspension, a handful of private air ambulances have started, reporting a combined average of around 50 trips a month. But the governor said he didn’t want the island to risk being left without an air ambulance again.