Local Air Evac Lifeteam responds to AMR request for EMS deployment in advance of Hurricane ‘Flo’

Air Evac will be sending caregivers to assist under AMR’s FEMA contract

Air Evac Lifeteam from Snellville Ga. landing on the field at Monroe Area High School during training exercises with local public safety teams. Photo credit: Sharon Swanepoel

A crew from the Air Evac Lifeteam that serves Walton County has been deployed to provide assistance in anticipation of Hurricane Florence. Air Evac Lifeteam is sending 12 helicopters and 72 crew members, including a helicopter and crew from Snellville, Ga. that responds to calls for air ambulance transportation from Walton and Gwinnett counties. It is expected that the crews will be on a 7 – 14 day activation, depending on the need. When the crews arrive at their assigned area, they will be working under the guidance of FEMA, state and local EMS agencies.

“We are fortunate to be able to send some of our local assets – including personnel and equipment, to assist the communities in the path of Hurricane Florence,”  Joe Grygiel, senior director of base operations for Air Evac Lifeteam, said in a press release announcing the deployment. “It is important to know that sending these resources does not affect our day-to-day ability to provide timely medical response for all the communities we serve.”

“When disasters of this magnitude occur, we appreciate the support of all the EMS agencies who come together to work tirelessly on behalf of the affected communities,” said Ted Van Horne, AMR Presdient and CEO.

AMR is FEMA’s prime emergency medical service response provider, AMR has a national agreement with FEMA to provide ground ambulance, air ambulance, paratransit services and non-ambulance EMS personnel to supplement the Federal and Military response to a disaster, an act of terrorism or any other public health emergency.

Look for a story on this Air Evac Lifeteam and its work in Walton County titled “Angels in the Air” by Tori Bailey in the upcoming issue of Walton Living Magazine publishing in the fall.

About Air Evac Lifeteam

Air Evac Lifeteam is part of Air Medical Group Holdings, the world’s largest provider of helicopter air ambulance services to communities in need of rapid medical transport to advanced health care. Air Evac flight crews, consisting of a pilot, flight nurse and flight paramedic, are on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week to respond to the scene of an emergency, or provide transportation between medical facilities. For more information, please visit lifeteam.net, or like us on Facebook.

About American Medical Response 

American Medical Response, Inc., America’s leading provider of medical transportation, provides services in 40 states and the District of Columbia. More than 28,000 AMR paramedics, EMTs, RNs and other professionals work together to transport more than 4.8 million patients nationwide each year in critical, emergency and non-emergency situations. AMR also provides fire services through Rural Metro Fire Department, www.ruralmetrofire.com, and managed transportation services through Access2Care, www.access2care.net. AMR is a subsidiary of Global Medical Response, www.GlobalMedicalResponse.com. For more information about AMR, visit www.amr.net and follow American Medical Response on Facebook @AMR_Social on Twitter and Instagram.

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