By Staff Writer | March 1, 2009
PUBLIC SERVICE | EMS
After a four month bureaucratic delay, Baptist LifeFlight has been licensed to serve Pearl River and nine other counties in the southeast Mississippi Air Ambulance District. The service is now flying two EC 135s as air ambulances regionally. It doubles the number of helicopters serving the area, and ensures that Pearl County will no longer be left with helo-borne EMS, as has happened in the past. The delay originated at the Mississippi Department of Health, according to Pearl River County Emergency Management Director Danny Manley. But that doesn’t concern him, now that Baptist LifeFlight has finally been given the go-ahead, Manley is bullish about the improvements the new service is providing. "It gives us more than one helicopter," he told Rotor & Wing. "As well, they each carry a registered nurse and a paramedic." Baptist LifeFlight is headquartered at Baptist Hospital in Pensacola, Fla. It has been offering HEMS since 1977. Today, it serves Fla., Miss. and Ala.