By Frank Stanfield
If you're clinging to life after an accident, stroke or heart attack, you might look up and see an angel of mercy coming in for a landing.
That "angel" will probably be Orlando Health's Air Care team based at Leesburg International Airport.
The sleek red state-of-the-art choppers are staffed with a pilot, nurse and paramedic that can whisk a patient to Orlando Regional Medical Center, the only Level One trauma center in Central Florida, in 12 minutes or less.
It is one of three helicopter teams the health care system has positioned in the area. One team is stationed at south Seminole County and the other is at the Kissimmee Airport. Teams include communication specialists and mechanics.
The teams spend countless hours emphasizing safety with ground rescue teams. Crews have always been trained to watch out for power lines and tree limbs, especially at night. Pilots have now been issued military grade night vision goggles, Clow said.