New air medical service lands in the Wiregrass

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) A new air medical service has landed in the Wiregrass. Pilcher’s Ambulance Service has teamed up with Haynes Life Flight to save lives.

Haynes is replacing Wiregrass Lifeflight, which was operated for two years by Air Medical Resource Group, (AMRG) and shut down for financial reasons. The flying critical care unit has ventilators and advanced medications on board. It can assist stroke, cardio vascular and trauma patients. Since starting service September 1st, Haynes has helped save four victims while stationed at Southeast Alabama Medical Center, (SAMC) .

“There was a significant burn patient here in our area that they were able to transport directly to a burn center, instead of coming to our hospital and then delay them to a burn center,” said Dr.Fred Pich, Haynes Life Flight Medical Director. “It worked well. When called upon by the rural communities, it allows their EMS services to stay in service without having to come an hour round trip to the hospital.”

Haynes only has one helicopter stationed in the Wiregrass, an AS350. They are looking to expand to a fixed wing plane in the future.

While stationed in the Wiregrass, Haynes assists patients in Alabama, Florida, and Georgia. Haynes also operates helicopters in Troy and Wetumpka, Alabama.