HOUSTON COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Christmas came a little early for Houston County residents.
Thanks to a partnership between Houston County, Lifeguard EMS, and Air Evac a medical helicopter, Air Rescue: Houston County, is now serving the Crockett area.
"I'm so proud of this achievement for the country," said Houston County Judge Erin Ford. "It's a huge benefit for us all. Lifeguard and Air Evac deserve our thanks."
The medical helicopter will be based at the Houston County Airport.
According to a letter addressed to Ford from Lifeguard VPO Jason Kimbrell, the Alabama based company started taking 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 will bring 14 new jobs to the community that would have an average annual salary of $60,000. The project will also bring an estimated $3.5 million capital investment.
The project will 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.