This month marks the one year anniversary of the implementation of the Jersey County 9-1-1 / Survival Flight Clearinghouse Agreement. You might ask, "What is this and what does it mean for me." Honestly, this agreement was put in place with the public in mind as another way to improve efficiency and ensure that the residents of Jersey County receive the best care in the most efficient and effective manner possible.
The premise of the agreement is simple. When a request for a helicopter to respond to a scene based emergency is received at the Jersey County Communications Center, the receiving telecommunicator contacts the Survival Flight Communications Center who then dispatches the closest available aircraft regardless of provider. Yes, you read that correctly, regardless of provider. What does this mean for you? Its easy... it means that should you need to be flown from a scene based emergency the closest available aircraft is going to be contacted. No waiting on a specific provider. This means you get where you need to be much faster.
What makes this agreement work is the cooperation and participation among the air ambulance providers. Equally beneficial is the open dialog among the participants which ensures things are working as intended. Jersey County 9-1-1 and Survival Flight are pleased to be "Partnering for Improved Public Safety" and remain committed to providing the best service possible to the residents of Jersey County now, and well into the future.