Hattiesburg area gains new air ambulance service

After weeks of working on a contract there is a new air ambulance service coming to Hattiesburg, and Rescue 7 could become a thing of the past.

The announcement came this afternoon at the Bobby chain municipal airport when Southeast Mississippi Air Ambulance District President doctor John Nelson said Baptist Life-Flight, a private company based out of Pensacola, Fla., would become the primary service provider for the 10 counties represented under the district.

Baptist Life-Flight representatives said the service would come at no charge to the counties, and their profit would come from billing insurance companies.

The contract will last for a year, then become renewable. In the meantime Rescue 7 will become a backup. A Life-Flight helicopter will be stationed at the airport along with paramedics. Representatives hope it will be up and running by early December.

Of the 10 counties under the air ambulance district only Lamar County is still holding out.