Collinwood, Tenn. resident Brian Smith has been selected as the Program Director for the Air Evac Lifeteam base in Savannah. Smith is in charge of all operations at the base, which opened in July, 2010, and is located at 90 Airport Lane.
The base serves communities within a 70-mile radius of Savannah, and is one of 108 bases in Air Evac Lifeteams network of air ambulance bases throughout the central United States.
Smith actually began his EMS career while still in high school, graduating in 1995 and enrolling in an EMT program at Columbia State Community College. He also attended the IV Therapy program at Columbia State, and the paramedic program at UAB-Huntsville. He holds certifications as an NREMT-P, Tennessee/Alabama/Mississippi paramedic, and as a continuing education instructor in ACLS, PALS, BLS and PHTLS.
In 1998, Smith began full-time employment with Wayne County EMS, where he was promoted to Shift Supervisor until leaving the agency in 2010. He was also an active member of the Collinwood Fire Department until 1993, obtaining rank of Assistant Chief.
Smith joined Air Evac Lifeteam on a part-time basis in 2008. I saw it as a wonderful opportunity to work in my home county and carry patients to the level of care that ground crews often never see, he said. This is a great company to work for. I have witnessed highly-dedicated and purpose-driven individuals respond to strangers in dire need, and treat them as if they were their own family members.
Smith said he and the crew have been impressed by the level of community support shown to Air Evac Lifeteam. The community has met us with open arms, and continually voice how glad they are to have Air Evac here, he said.
Smith added that constant goals of the crew are to remain actively involved within the Savannah community and surrounding areas, and increase community awareness of signs and symptoms association with heart attacks and strokes.
Smith and wife Jessica Ryan Haddock have two children: Carter, 8, and Corbin, 6. His hobbies include hunting, coaching little league baseball, and staying involved as a youth Sunday School leader at Mt. Hope Methodist Church. Smith is also a 14-year member of the Collinwood Masonic Lodge.
Air Evac Lifeteam, which provides life-saving air ambulance service 24 hours a day, seven days a week, was one of the first air ambulance services in the country to offer a membership program. Members pay an annual fee and, if they are flown by Air Evac, they do not have to pay for the flight. Memberships are valid throughout Air Evac Lifeteam service areas, so members are covered while traveling through Air Evac Lifeteam service areas. Annual memberships are $50 for an individual, $55 for a couple and $60 for a household or three or more.
For more information about Air Evac Lifeteam services or employment opportunities, call 1-800-793-0010 or visit www.lifeteam.net.
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