Wednesday, July 27, 2016

A close up view

AirEvac landed two of of the fleet of air ambulances at Bracken County High School today so local officials and residents could get a closer look at how the units are set up for emergency care flights.

One member of the AirEvac flight crew (left) answered questions from Bracken County residents, including fiscal court members, Scotty Lippert, Tina Teegarden and David Kelsch during an informational stop in Bracken County on Wednesday.

Tina Teegarden enjoyed a chance to sit in the pilots seat of one of the AirEvac air ambulances which was on display at Bracken County High School on Wednesday morning.

BROOKSVILLE – Bracken County officials were treated to a close-up view of two Air Evac medical helicopters on Wednesday.

Following the regular Bracken County Fiscal Court meeting, Magistrates Scotty Lippert, David Hughes and David Kelsch, along with Bracken County Fiscal Court Clerk Tina Teegarden, Bracken County School officials and others viewed the landing of two of the Air Evac fleet on the parking lot behind Bracken County High School.

Brooksville Volunteer Fire Department set up the landing zone.

Viewers were also offered a chance to have a photo taken in the pilot seat.

“My daughter doesn’t know I am doing this; she is going to think I am such a cool mom,” Teegarden said. “It is really great the county is doing this.”

Bracken County has agreed to pay just under $30,000 a year, on a yearly basis, for Bracken County residents covered by insurance to use their services with no balance billing after the patients insurance pays a portion of a flight bill.

Non-insured residents will have access to the same service for $35 a year or possibly be liable for an entire flight bill, which could top $30,000, AirEvac officials said.

The service offer is for incidents within Bracken and Mason counties which require air ambulance service to the nearest trauma center, weather permitting and if an AirEvac air ambulance is available. It covers any family member under roof in the household more than 50 percent of the year, officials said.

Residents should be receiving temporary service cards in the mail, said Air Evac officials, with instructions on what to do to list household members and get them vehicle and house stickers, and pocket cards for all eligible family members.

Information and public sign-up sessions will be held as soon as possible at the Watson Building on alternating Fridays, at the Bracken County Judge-Executive’s office, and other public events, officials said.

AirEvac operates out of several area communities, including Georgetown, Ohio, and Grant County.


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