Down East Emergency Medicine Institute has been operating aircraft in their search and rescue efforts since 1996.

DEEMI owns a Citabria with specifications for High Resolution Imaging Missions.  She has the ability to fly slowly enough to allow no blurring of images, low enough with telescoping cameras and filtering systems to overlap images for proper search and mapping  This bird has a high visibility paint job, uprated horsepower engine, and alloy spar allowing aerobatic capability


Our HUEY HELICOPTER is a true veteran, both of the Vietnam war when it was hit in the tail rotor on a medivac mission, repaired and converted to a rare UH-1V Medivac model; and when it went on to special forces detachments and flew over 70 casualties in Desert Storm back to Riyadd, Saudi Arabia. DEEMI obtained this rare bird in 1995 and is presently operational. A truly historic aircraft.  A soldier from Vietnam has placed his bronze star on board as well.  Click here for Rescue 11 service history.

Our Huey was stationed at Cu Chi base in Vietnam in the late ’60s. Here is a YouTube video of 8mm videos taken by Dennis Kline of operations at that base from March 1968 to May 1969. Click -here- for the video.




We had the pleasure of receiving a Grumman Cougar twin engine aircraft from Dugald “Doug” Kell Sr. of Ellsworth, Maine in 2015.


Few people know that DEEMI actually once had three additional aircraft since inception. We have previously owned a Cessna 172M, an RV9A homebuilt and a Beech Baron 58P twin.