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California Air Ambulances Get Likely Funding Reprieve


Air ambulances in California get some public funding to stay in business.  And before the legislature closed, it passed a bill to extend that funding. 

That buys time for the air ambulance services, which point to the evacuation of an entire neonatal unit from Redding during the Carr Fire as proof of their value. 

The California Association of Air Medical Services pushed for the passage of the funding measure, AB 651.  It awaits Governor Gavin Newsom's signature.  CALAAMS President Christian Giller visits with details of the situation, joined by Chief Monte Keady of the Burney Fire Protection District.

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