LEE CO., GA (WALB) - If you live near lee county, you may be seeing or hearing a lot of helicopters this week.... but you shouldn't be alarmed.
Paramedics, EMTs and firefighters in Lee County are participating in public safety training.
The focus for this training is for personal to learn the procedures and protocols when interacting with emergency transport helicopters.
'Air Life' Georgia, a Camilla-based company, is leading the training.
The company recently partnered with Lee County to provide emergency assistance.
It's is one of several that Lee County Public Safety personnel works with so they can transport people to trauma centers much quicker.
Macon and Tallahassee are the closest response centers to Lee County. By ambulance it takes at least an hour to get to those locations.
"From here to Macon or Tallahasse their flight time is about 20 to 25 minutes, said Lee County Fire Chief David Forrester. "It really gives the patients that better response time to get to a trauma center."
"We don't have traffic lights, we don't have traffic and we don't have curves on the road or anything like that it's a straight line," said Air Life Paramedic Jack Paulson. "The only thing we have is the wind, which slows us down."
Air Life Georgia is the only service in the area that carries emergency blood products.
That means if someone has a major loss of blood, paramedics can replace it right away.
The training will be held again Wednesday morning and again Thursday night.
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