WICHITA FALLS, TX (TNN) - When it comes to an emergency every second counts.
“We go out there and pick up patients, [like] someone hurt at their house in a smaller town, smaller hospital, and get them to appropriate care as fast as we can,” said Pilot Supervisor for Air Evac, Tim Rogers.
Like many bases around Texas and Oklahoma, the Air Evac team is able to transport patients quickly using a helicopter.
"Each base is responsible for a 60-mile radius," said Rogers. "We have multiple other bases that are sister bases and they back us up if we need to go somewhere."
Their assistance is usually needed during severe weather. Rogers said for daytime flights their criteria is the clouds cannot be lower than 1000 feet above the ground with at least three miles of visibility.
"For the night it's up to 15 hundred feet and five miles," said Rogers.
If a base nearby, like the one in Decatur is not able to help because they also have severe weather, the patient is transported by ground.
“Usually they [Air Evac] know in advance and they will let us know. So we know not to expect Air Evac to show up on the scene,” said AMR’s Operations Manager Charles Grady.
“We will automatically transport that patient that might have been flown, to the hospital.”
To get to locations much quicker, Grady said their units are posted in several spots around town. He said this is something they just started doing about a year ago.
"Prior to posting the units we actually ran all the units out of the station," said Grady.
If the weather becomes dangerous, first responders take cover.
“If the weather is too severe we are going to wait for it to pass instead of putting our folks into danger,” said Grady.