Emergency Airlift makes the move back to North Bend

NORTH BEND, Ore. -- Emergency Airlift is back in North Bend after a temporary move to Roseburg in 2012.

As chief flight nurse Susan Schindler said, every second counts in a medical emergency.

"They're here 24 hours a day, so there's always a paramedic and a pilot on call," said Schindler.

Their helicopter is used to transport critical care patients from up and down Oregon's south coast to the regional medical centers that can save their lives.

"It takes us approximately about 20 to 30 minutes to get up to Eugene," Schindler said. "When you're talking about saving heart muscle... time is everything."

Armed with the tools to save a life before getting to the hospital, the Emergency Airlift crew can start doing critical treatment to those patients mid-flight.

Schindler said if you are having a medical emergency, call 9-1-1 first. The helicopter will be sent if needed.