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Haynes Ambulance launching medical helicopter service

Draft Illustration for the new Haynes Life Flight. The air ambulance service begins in June of 2014 and will be operated by Metro Aviation. Draft Illustration for the new Haynes Life Flight. The air ambulance service begins in June of 2014 and will be operated by Metro Aviation.
WETUMPKA, AL (WSFA) -

A new air ambulance service is being planned for Central Alabama after Haynes Ambulance announced that it is partnering with Metro Aviation to bring a medical helicopter into its fleet.

Haynes, headquartered in Wetumpka, announced Tuesday that it has signed a contract with Metro Aviation to build and operate an AS350 helicopter. Haynes says the company completed nine of the fast, single engine, high endurance aircraft in 2013.

Haynes Life Flight service is set to start on June 15, 2014. The service is expected to create 15 jobs in the area.

"We are excited to expand our ambulance services to now include air transport. There is certainly a need for an air medical provider in our service area and we have stepped up to the plate to fill that void," said Kirk Barrett, Haynes Ambulance Chief Operations Officer. "We will now be able to provide a higher level of medical care and faster transportation for the critically ill patients in our region."

Haynes entry into the medical helicopter field comes soon after the January announcement by Air Evac to close its Elmore County air ambulance base due to what it called low demand and issues with reimbursement rates.

"Metro Aviation is looking forward to assisting Haynes in getting this new service off the ground," said Metro Aviation Managing Director Milton Geltz. "The AS350 will be a great addition to their services, and we are honored to work with a company that shares a long, rich history."

Haynes, founded in 1977, has nine locations throughout Montgomery, Elmore, Pike, and neighboring counties.

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