Safety Day Saturday in Mt. Vernon
Wednesday, 19 May 2010

May 19--  Public safety officials in Mount Vernon are inviting the public to a "Safety Day" exhibition Saturday. 

Mount Vernon Police Chief B.L. Horne says its being held from ten tlll noon Saturday in the parking lot of the First Baptist Church.  "We want people to come by and see the helicopter, fire truck, and ambulance and meet our personnel.  We just want them to meet us and know we are here 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and we want them to be safe," he says.


The newest public safety service to the area is "Air Evac Lifeteam" which opened its Vidalia base in March.  Paramedic Jesse Reaves says they specialize in serving rural areas.  "Throughout our whole fleet we have 91 bases and over 105 aircraft in 14 states.  Our company puts these helicopters in rural areas so we can get people to larger hospitals where they need care," he says.

Reaves reports each medivac chopper includes a nurse with emergency room experience and a paramedic plus the pilot.  The Vidalia base responds to calls within a 70-mile radius.  The company has other bases in Columbus, Waycross and Cordele.  They'll be on hand to answer questions and display an air evac helicopter at the Safety Day Saturday in Mount Vernon.


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