How Helicopters Will Respond for Now in PHI Crash's Aftermath

According to their website, PHI has spent the last five decades working medical emergencies from the skies. Right now, they say they've got in the neighborhood of 300 choppers and 60 bases across the country, though one is tragically without a team.

The Bryan PHI crew that crashed in the Huntsville area early Sunday was one of 11 in the Lone Star State, all concentrated to East and Central Texas, as far north as McKinney, as far south as Victoria.

According to 911 official, PHI remains the first -- and actually, only -- call for them in case of an emergency.

Right now, a PHI crew from Killeen, Georgetown or Richmond would be looked to if needed in our area. Those three crews each are approximately 100 miles from the center of Bryan/College Station.

If for some reason PHI cannot make the trip, these are other options across the state:

LifeFlight (Tomball, Missouri City, Pearland)
STAT Air (Temple, Georgetown, Killeen)
Starflight (Austin)
AirLIFE (San Antonio)
Critical Air (La Grange, Rockdale, Waco)

Local officials say it's PHi that will actually make the call to one of these companies if they can't make it, then tell emergency responders here who's coming.

LifeFlight and STAT Air are at the top of the list, and they'd launch out of six locations: three to the northwest, three to the southeast. But local officials also say it's rare anyone but PHi comes out to try to save lives.

Emergency responders here also are hopeful that while response times may be longer without the Bryan crew in place, as fast as the helicopters can travel, life-saving care can still be provided quickly.

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