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Helicopter EMS service soon returning to Houston Co.

CROCKETT, TX (KTRE) -

After months of no air EMS services, Houston County residents could soon have a medical helicopter to call their own.

According to Judge Erin Ford, Lifeguard EMS and the county are partnering up to bring the helicopter service to the area. According to a letter addressed to Ford from Lifeguard VPO Jason Kimbrell, the Alabama based company will be taking immediate steps to bring the service to the Crockett area after the company began to study the call demand. The county lost their previous air ambulance after ETMC announced last year that they would be canceling services in the county.

According to Kimbrell the new helicopter base would bring 14 new jobs to the community that would have an average annual salary of $60,000. The project would bring an estimated $3.5 million capital investment. The project would start by leasing existing space at the Houston County Airport. Kimbrell said it is his vision to eventually move the base to the hospital in Crockett.

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