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Health Plus: Paramedics are waiting to drive or fly to you

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

Summer fun can turn tragic when accidents happen.

In Health Plus, a reminder when you call 911 paramedics are waiting to drive or fly to your rescue in minutes.

At Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo, Air Care helicopters regularly transport patients.

A flight to Iowa City takes just twenty-two minutes.

"Well it's critical for the patients survivability. The quicker that we can get them to a definitive level hospital, which most of our flights we take them down to the university of Iowa or to mayo in Rochester, that just time saves lives," said Steve Carey, Air Care flight paramedic.

Especially during warmer months in Iowa, emergency medical services provide necessary care in the most timely manner.

"We typically try to be from the time we get dispatched until we get going 60 or 90 seconds maybe is what we really look for and what we really hope for," Brad Buck, paramedic.

But emergency responders remind you to be pro-active so you don't have to call 911.

"Well you never know what you're going to see. There's always the challenge of trauma. We see a lot more people outside traveling and stuff like that so we see bicycle accidents, a lot of motorcycle accidents, people on four-wheelers a lot. A lot more outdoor recreational activities and so there's more traumatic injuries in the summer," said Carey.

And depending on where you live, not all ambulances are staffed with full-time crews.

"Just because they may see a fire station that doesn't mean in a small community that there's an ambulance there. The ambulance could be coming from 10 minutes, 20 minutes, 30 minutes away," said Buck.

Hospitals in eastern Iowa have ambulance crews staffed in multiple locations around the Cedar Valley to answer your call.

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