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Scott & White acquires new state-of-the-art helicopter

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TEMPLE, TX (KXXV) -

Central Texas has a new medical helicopter.

Scott & White Medical Center, the only level one trauma center between Dallas and Austin, has gone two years without medical helicopter.

The new Scott and White helicopter can reach speeds up to 142 miles per hour and can reach about 80 miles in all directions to serve patients quickly and efficiently.

"The consideration for helicopters usually happens before we even get on scene and it's usually related to the severity of a call or the geography of the call," Belton Firefighter and Paramedic Joshua Isbell said. 

Emergency helicopter response is much more than just 911 calls. It's helping smaller communities who might rely on a helicopter like this to save the life of one of their citizens.

CG: Phil Ward

PHI Air Medical Flight Paramedic 

"We did a landing zone class so in the event they need us in their rural out reaches or a delayed entrapment in a car accident where they think a helicopters indicated to save time, how to land that helicopter safely in any environment," PHI Air Medical Flight Paramedic Phil Ward said. 

Those landing zone classes are more important now than ever. 

After two years, Baylor Scott & White Medical Center now has a state of the art helicopter equipped with blood, stretchers and other advanced capabilities to better serve all of Central Texans in their time of need.

"It definitely a whole new tool for our toolbox whenever we are responding to calls," Isbell added. 

A tool local first responders must know how to work with. 

"We train them on what we require to land the aircraft at the scene. They have considerations like flat terrain, trees, power lines or anything that could bring the aircraft down," Ward added. 

And by keeping the helicopter and flight crew safe, they are ultimately keeping all Central Texans safe, and they want you to know...

"The moment you have an emergency, all the way until you reach definitive care, the first responders, the volunteers, the professional firefighters and paramedics, the doctors and the nurses are all on the same page," Isbell said. 

The PHI Air Medical Crew will fly the helicopter for all 911 calls and adult cases. But, a specialized transport team from McLane Children's will fly the helicopter to serve all child cases.

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