Local First Responders React to Native Air's Departure

By Courtney Burris | cburris@krbc.tvg

Published 04/11 2014 06:25PM

Updated 04/11 2014 06:41PM

After a recent Airport Development meeting, it was determined that Native Air would not be renewing their lease with Abilene Regional Airport. With Native Air out of the picture, Abilene only has one medical helicopter to serve the area.

David Allman, Managing Director of South Taylor EMS, explains that one less helicopter could make a difference. "With these helicopter numbers limited, with just having one now, that may be unavailable, it could increase the transport time because we are going to have to take these patients by ground."

Allman has been working as a first responder since 2003 and explains that in critical situations, every second counts. "You know in the years that I have been doing it, if you've got a patient that is very critical, that's life or death, and they are in your hands that time in the ambulance spent on the road in transport seems like forever."

He explains that he has no doubt that they can continue to provide quality care to the patients despite possible longer transport times. Its the "what if" moments that concern him. "You know that's kind of like us out in the county, we do not run a lot of calls out in the county, but its kind of 'What if theres a wreck? What if there are secondary calls?'"

Native Air will keep their existing helicopter base in Snyder and Air Evac has bases in Abilene, Brownwood, and Eastland.

To find out more about Air Evac, click here.

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