Rural communities without local trauma centers at risk without air options ■ Melissa Diaz Hernandez / Reporter Photo by Melissa Diaz Hernandez/The Valley ChronicleCongressman Raul Ruiz, M.D. receives an overview of the helicopter by flight paramedic Mark Donahue. Air Service, Inc. in 1997. Mercy Air pilots and crew reside at Hemet’s Fire Station 4 located on Cawston Avenue next to the Hemet-Ryan Airport. Hemet Fire Chief Scott Brown emphasized the private/public partnership with Mercy Air and that the integrated system is what really reduces time. Brown explained “an integrated EMS response means rapid first response and a robust ground, and where appropriate, an air transport system to get patients to a
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