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Craighead County — Heather Flanigan Reports

Air Evac Is On the Move

November 26, 2003 p.m.CST Posted at 7:10 p.m.

CRAIGHEAD COUNTY--The Thanksgiving holiday means more travelers on the roads and unfortunately, that also means more automobile accidents.

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

Matt Hollis is the Base Center Supervisor of Air Evac. The rural air medical lifeteam has been in Jonesboro since 1998. By the time 2004 rolls around, the service will have a new address. They will be moving from the Jonesboro Airport to a building on Highway 18, just five miles east of Jonesboro in the town of Bowman.

"There's been a lot of people asking if are we going to still service the same area. Yes we actually 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. The building will house lifeteam crews that work 24-hour shifts.

Tim Rigsby is the Air Evac Base Paramedic Supervisor and said that the company was ready for a new pad.

"Our company wanted something that was ours, you know that is not a rental property. They wanted something that we can fix up and do what we wanted to with, without having the restrictions of a rental property," said Rigsby.

Air Evac is excited about moving to their new facilities, and fortunately for them, so are their neighbors. You could understand how neighbors might be leery of someone with a helicopter pad in the backyard.

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

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