you really think the dispatchers have free will in deciding which air rescue team to contact first ? REALLY ?!?!? if you have truely listened to the scanner any at all, you would know there are procedures for EVERYTHING, all the way down to having to rotate wrecker service requests so that no one company gets all the business .. "Dispatch, get me the next available wrecker from the list, please."
I agree the air resuce out of Jenkins ican be quicker, when it is available, but often it is not. "..a couple thousand dollars for a helicopter" ...try $1000 for EVERY MINUTE from the time the call comes in, to the time the copter is mission complete and lands back at Jenkins.
To put down the dispatchers for a decision they obviously do not have control over, is misguided. You shouuld attend the next Wise County Board of Supervisor's meeting to address your concerns.
TAKEN FROM THE A REPORT IN THE KINGSPORT TIMES - PAY PATICUALR ATTENTION TO THE LAST PARAGRAPH
"Wellmont Health System on Thursday withdrew its request for approval from Wise County officials to offer emergency helicopter services to the county.
"During Thursday’s workshop session of the Wise County Board of Supervisors, Wellmont officials announced they would pull from consideration a resolution of support for the medevac service, Wellmont One. The matter was to come up for a vote during next week’s action session.
"Wellmont’s request had been opposed by Johnson City-based Mountain States Health Alliance, MSHA-affiliated Wings Air Rescue based in Kentucky, and MSHA-affiliated health care facilities in Wise County, particularly Norton Community Hospital. The opponents said Wellmont One would be redundant and unnecessary and would cut into the cost recovery medevac pie.
"Wellmont One can provide helicopter medevac services for patients at Wellmont-affiliated facilities in Wise County such as Lonesome Pine Hospital in Big Stone Gap and Mountain View Regional Hospital in Norton. Wellmont does not need county approval to transport patients to and from its own facilities.
"Wellmont also is heavily invested in MedFlight II, the region’s original medevac service operated by the Virginia State Police. Wellmont invests well over $600,000 annually to staff medical personnel on the no-charge service.
"Wellmont had requested permission to operate in Wise County to add another option during emergency situations. Wellmont officials said a tornado that ripped through a section of Big Stone Gap in March left no serious injuries but was a reminder of the potential of large-scale emergencies where three medevac services would be better than two.
"Currently, dispatchers call in MedFlight II out of Washington County, Va., or Wings Air Rescue based on Jenkins Mountain in Kentucky, depending on which is closer to an emergency scene in Wise County."