Recently, AirEvac in West Plains and South Howell County Ambulance received new vehicles. AirEvac has added a Bell 407 helicopter to its fleet to replace the company’s older Bell 206. According to Interim Program Director George Lajoi, the new helicopter can carry more weight and is a little faster. “It can make it from OMC to Springfield in 38 minutes,” he explained. “It’s about seven minutes faster and that can make all the difference.” SHCA also received two new ambulances, obtained with funds from the Howell County sales tax initiative passed in April 2019. According to SHCA Chief Executive Officer Jo Lashley, the sales tax will replace the ambulance portion of county property taxes for 2020 and allow the ambulance district to eventually acquire another ambulance and increase wages for staff. From left: Brett Duvall, Jacob McGee, Mike McAfee, Jimmy Jenkins, Sage McGinnis, Daniel Marshall, Jo Lashley and Farrell Graves with the ambulance district; Kate Lyons, Sarah Goodman and Jack Hines with AirEvac; Brittany Yardley, Sophia Canates, Chris Bell and Nelda Johnson with the ambulance district; and Jacob Skiles with AirEvac.

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