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New helicopter boosts Ada air rescue team

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ADA, Okla. -- You don't want to need them, but when you do, you're glad they're there.

The Ada Air Evac Lifeteam covers hundreds of miles, but will now be able to cover even more thanks to a new bigger and faster helicopter.

For every helicopter ambulance crew in the country, every second counts. Program director Steven Bates in Ada says his team will now be able to get to the scene of medical emergencies more quickly.

"This helicopter allows us to put on 100 percent fuel and still take a 400 pound-plus patient. Allowing us to go much longer legs, much longer distances, and get there in a much faster time," Bates said.

Having a top-notch aircraft provides opportunities for the team to help in situations that wouldn't previously have been possible.

"The big advantage that it gives us is it also allows us to take a third rider, so if we get a pediatric patient, now we can take a parent with us to Oklahoma City, Dallas, or Tulsa," Bates explained.

He added this is all thanks to having one of the best evacuation teams in the state, which he believes will help them make a bigger difference in their community than they already have.

"We were selected for the Region 6 Base of the Year this year. So this aircraft is just going to increase our abilities and our reach to our customers in Southern Oklahoma," Bates said.

This is the second new helicopter the team has received in the past year.