TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC)- NorthStar Ambulance is offering a higher level of care in West Alabama thanks to their new helicopter.
The Northflight chopper offers assistance within a 100 mile radius of Tuscaloosa.
The chopper is high tech and offers critical care to patients.
"We are a true critical care transport service. We can provide a level of care that ground care just can't offer," Gerald Ramsey, director of the Northflight program, said.
The chopper can shorten hour-long trips to mere minutes.
"Kind of as we talk about before being able to get patients that are further away to definitive care quicker," Ramsey said.
The chopper is always staffed with a pilot, a paramedic and a registered nurse, who all have flight medical training.
"We currently are the best equipped helicopter in the state and that's something we're proud of," Ramsey said.