Air Evac Is On the Move

November 26, 2003.  Posted at 5:24 p.m. CST

CRAIGHEAD COUNTY--The Thanksgiving holiday is nearly here and that means more travelers on the roads.  Unfortunatly, that also means more automobile accidents.

Matt Hollis says, "A lot of people are on the road, and a lot of people are traveling.  Everybody needs to be careful...this is one service you don't want to have to actually utilize."

Hollis is the Base Center Supervisor for Air Evac in Jonesboro, and the service is a rural air medical lifeteam that has been in Jonesboro since February of 1998.  But when 2004 rolls around, the service will have a new address.  They will be moving from the Jonesboro Airport to a house on Highway 18, just five miles east of Jonesboro in the town of Bowman.

"There's been a lot of people asking if we are going to be still servicing the same area.  Yes, we will...we're not going to be moving but just a two and a half minute flight from where we are at the present time," said Hollis.

The lifeteam has been working on their new facility on their own time.  The new location will house lifteam crews that work 24-hour shifts.

Tim Rigsby works as the Base Paramedic Supervisor for Air Evac.  He says that the company was ready for a pad of their own.

"Our company wanted something that was ours, something that wasn't a rental property.  They wanted something that we can fix up and do what we wanted with, without having the restrictions of a rental property," said Rigsby.

The Air Evac Lifeteam is excited about moving into their new digs.  With a helicoptor landing pad in the backyard, it's easy to see how the neighbors might be worried about noise.

"The community has been really, really supportive in our efforts," laughed Rigsby.