LEE COUNTY, Fla.- It was decision day for Lee County. Air Methods will replace the county's defunct air ambulance service. That decision came down just before noon.
Commissioners barely discussed the program at all and unanimously gave Air Methods the job. Commissioners say hiring the private company will save Lee County tax payers about $2 million a year.
Air Methods is the largest air ambulance company in the country, with 300 locations across the U.S. It also has the largest non-military fleet of helicopters.
The county still has to negotiate a contract with Air Methods, and the company has to hire flight nurses and pilots. So, it could be another few months until the company officially takes over.
Lee County will provide the paramedics on all the flighta, and they will be the same paramedics from MedStar.