Mercy Medical Airlift signed a partnership agreement with the North American Mission Board to assist Southern Baptist Disaster Relief operations. The new partnership is part of a Homeland Security Emergency Air Transportation System developed by Mercy Medical through a grant from the federal Transportation Security Administration.
The agreement will help Southern Baptist Disaster Relief coordinator get to the scene of disaster on time. The system also will allow pilots to be operational in national emergencies when other air travel is impossible.
"We're just tickled to death to be able to partner with you as brother and sisters in Christ to serve those around us," said Ed Boyer, founder and president of Mercy Medical Airlift.
Mercy Medical Airlift, a part of Angel Flight America, works with a network of 6,000 private pilots who volunteer their time and expenses to transport individuals needing medical care.
"What this means for us is we can get them there quicker ... and they'll be in better shape once they get there and have the ability to get materials in and out quicker," said Jim Burton, director of volunteer mobilization for NAMB. "That's important in disasters. You want to be in the early stages of strategy development."