Emergency air travel has meant the difference between life and death for many South Mississippians.
More than 15,000 patients have been transported by the intrepid crews of Rescue 7, a helicopter ambulance operated by the Southeast Mississippi Air Ambulance District (SEMAAD) since 1971. Rescue 7, funded by Covington, Forrest, Greene, Jefferson Davis, Lamar, Marion, Pearl River and Perry counties is recognized as America's longest continuously operating air ambulance service.
The Bell LongRanger 206 L-3 helicopter airship, outfitted with the latest emergency medical equipment, is the fourth rescue helicopter operated by the district since the multi-county alliance was formed. SEMAAD commands Rescue 7 from its medical control base at Forrest General. Medical personnel in the Forrest General Emergency Services Department are linked to the helicopter by radio communications.