Air-Evac to test out new location in Sharp County

(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

HIGHLAND, AR (KAIT) - The city of Highland has agreed to let a helicopter service test out their town for a possible new location.

Air-Evac plans to temporarily stage their helicopter that is usually in West Plains at the Highland Fire Department during the day to see how if it has an effect on their call volume.

"It will be dependent on weather, for one, and how busy they are, of course," said Highland Fire Chief Kal Dienst. "It will usually be middle to late morning until about 6 or 7 that evening."

He expects that to start in April.

The chopper will be in their parking lot some during the week until Air-Evac officials can determine if it would be feasible to put a full-time base in the city.

Dienst said having a helicopter in Highland would better serve the residents in northern Sharp County.

"If we can have the helicopter right here it's definitely going to mean quicker response times for any flight that they have," Dienst said. "It will save lives and the seriousness of injuries that will get treatment quicker."

The two closest medical helicopters to Highland right now are from Survival Flight in Batesville and Pocahontas.

Those both take about 15 minutes to fly into the area, so this move could cut down response time by several critical minutes.

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