Medical Helicopter to Move from Tallahassee

By: Blaine Tolison Email
By: Blaine Tolison Email

LifeNet has been taking off from Tallahassee since 2004--but lately they say they have been flying less. Randy Layman with Air Methods said, "After discussing this with all of the key players in that region, we came to the conclusion that we could provide all of them the adequate care they needed by consolidating two of our bases."

Now, the two bases in Tallahassee and Perry will now be one base in Madison County. LifeNet says it is confident that residents will not see a reduction in service quality, but technicians at Leon County Emergency Medical Services say the community will wait to see the results.

Tom Quillin, the Chief of Leon County Emergency Medical Services said, "We're going to continue to be in touch with the LifeNet folks. We're going to monitor what's going on and make them aware of any issues that we have. At this point, we really don't know."

If LifeNet is no longer here in Leon County, some local emergency medical officials agree that it won't have a significant impact. Captain Robert Obernier with the Tallahassee Fire Dept EMS Division said, "With the helicopters located in Gadsden County and Madison County, we may see a little bit longer response time for them to get on scene, but I really don't see it being much of an affect for us."

Those who will be affected are at least 13 to 15 crew members who might have to move, but LifeNet says they will have to option to apply elsewhere in the company. The local LifeNet base is set to close by the end of this month.

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