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Air Evac Lifeteam visits Kiwanis Club

Seconds count when you or a family member has been in an accident, and that is when you can depend on Air Evac Lifeteam to get to the scene quickly, Michael Derfler, Membership Coordinator for Air Evac Lifeteam, told Ennis Kiwanis Club members this week.
Air Evac Lifeteam is the largest private air rescue company in the United States, and it is growing, with plans to order 30 more helicopters from Bell Helicopter in Fort Worth, Derfler said.
The Ennis Air Evac Lifeteam is based at Ennis Regional Medical Center, and has been there since June 21, 2007. Since coming to Ennis, Derfler said Air Evac Lifeteam has made a difference in the lives of more than 400 families.
“Having an aircraft here in Ennis, Texas, may not mean anything to you now, but for those who have had to use our services, they’re extremely thankful that we were there to make a difference,” Derfler said.
Air Evac Lifeteam employs more than 1,000 nurses, medics and pilots throughout the 12 states the company serves. Each of them is highly trained to deliver life-saving care to victims of medical emergencies.
“There are many people out there who are doing what they do best – saving lives,” Derfler said.
Air Evac Lifeteam serves the rural areas of America, because that is where the need for rapid response is the highest, according to Derfler. In Texas, Air Evac Lifeteam has bases in Ennis, Wichita Falls, Decatur, Greenville, Sherman, Mineral Wells, Glen Rose, Abilene, Big Spring, Brownwood, West, Fairfield, Kileen, Marble Falls, Kerrville, San Marcos, LaGrange and Carrizo Springs. Each base has a 70-mile radius, and Derfler said concentration is highest around Interstate highways.
“You are surrounded by our aircraft anywhere you go in this area,” he said. “We’ve got the resources to respond quickly.”
Two years ago, Air Evac Lifeteam rescued a woman who was injured when her car collided with a bull early in the morning. Derfler said the Air Evac Lifeteam crew was able to respond to the scene of the accident in 12 minutes. As a result, both the woman and her family are grateful for the valuable service they provided.
“We’re part of the community, and we’re here to stay,” Derfler said.
Although bills for emergency air transport range from $5,000 to $17,000, there is a membership program that people can join to be transported for free if they are in a medical emergency that requires the use of Air Evac Lifeteam.
A one-year membership is $50 for a single-member household, $55 for a two-member household and $60 for a household of three or more. The membership price for three years is $135 for a single-member household, $150 for a two-member household and $165 for a household of three or more. A single-member household can have a five-year membership for $225, while that price increases $25 for a two-member household and another $25 for a household of three or more.
There are 750,000 members of Air Evac Lifeteam throughout the country. There are also corporate plans available, as well as site plans for schools.
Air Evac Lifeteam was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in West Plains, Mo. To learn more about the company, or to become a member, visit www.lifeteam.net.

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