Air Ambulance Service Adds Jobs in Ada, Oklahoma
Air Evac is a helicopter air ambulance service that provides 24/7 service to those in need of definitive health care. Crews, consisting of a pilot, flight nurse and flight paramedic, may transport patients from the scene of an emergency or between medical facilities. When the company was founded in 1985, air ambulances were primarily based in metropolitan areas. However, Air Evac founders believed that those who need air medical transport the most are those living in rural areas, often far away from a Level 1 or 2 trauma center. By choosing to relocate in Ada, Air Evac will provide the citizens of Ada and the surrounding communities with faster response times for air ambulance services, resulting in economic and quality of life benefits for the community.
Speed to medical care is vital to survival. Lori Wrightman, CEO of Mercy Hospital Ada shared, "18 minutes is the time we have saved in response time from Air Evac moving their base to Ada. This doesn't sound like much, yet its a big deal with trauma patients, heart attack or stroke."
"Air Evac locating in Ada is just one more example of how our community has invested in itself through support of the proposition 2 incentive, which allowed Air Evac to defray start-up costs and incorporate architectural elements of the new terminal and Chickasaw Hangar into their facility." stated Michael Southard, President and CEO of the Ada Jobs Foundation, " Adding new jobs at wages higher than the county average will have a direct impact , but the indirect impact is that Air Evac provides a new service to the community which makes the Ada area more competitive in our efforts to attract business and talent ."
Air Evac will locate 14 staff at its Ada Municipal Airport facilities to provide helicopter air ambulance services to the area. The average wage will exceed $30 per hour and include six salaried employees and eight hourly employees. The company's Ada facility includes an office, sleeping quarters, hangar, and helipad. Air Evac is located at 231 John Herrington Ave, Ada, Oklahoma.
The Ada Jobs Foundation (AJF) contracts
with the City of Ada to promote and recommend economic development
opportunities with the city. AJF was established in 1998 to create and
retain quality jobs for the Ada area. AJF serves as a
"one-stop-shop" for economic development by coordinating with the city
and other entities for Ada, Oklahoma's benefit. The Ada Jobs Foundation
is a non-profit organization, funded in part by membership dues and tax
deductible contributions. In addition to membership dues, funding is
provided by a contract with the City of Ada. www.adaworks.org