Metro Life Flight serves as a life saver in community

Posted at 12:47 PM, Aug 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-10 12:47:30-04

During an emergency, a medical helicopter could mean the difference between life and death when every second counts. In Cleveland, the Metro Life Flight is among the most utilized emergency services. 

Life Flight has three bases in northeast Ohio, one at the Portage county airport, one in Wayne County and one in Lorain County. Each chopper has a four person team consisting of a nurse, a doctor and two pilots. 

The nurse and doctor - or sometimes two specialized nurses work 24-hour shifts and the pilots work 12-hour shifts. 

Last year the helicopters flew around 1,800 patients totaling around 202,000 miles.

While many people may assume that they helicopters land on highways at accident scenes, about 80 percent of their calls are transporting patients between hospitals. 

Our own Chris Flanagan had the chance to talk to the crews behind the Life Flight in the video above.