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Cartersville air ambulance company transports Ebola patients to Atlanta

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Cartersville, GA, has a population of about 20,000. People living here, like Jennifer Geros, are surprised to know Phoenix Air Group, based in Cartersville, is involved in an international mission.

"We are making the news and history," Geros said. "It's a little surprising because we are a little, small town."

One of Phoenix Air's GulfStream G-III air ambulance planes took off Thursday headed to West Africa to bring two American Ebola patients to Emory hospital in Atlanta. 

"If they are American citizens and from here, I'm glad someone went and got them," Mitch Bennett of Cartersville said.

According to Phoenix Air's website, each aircraft is dispatched as a critical care unit with appropriate medical staff on board to compliment the patient's medical condition, all under the careful control of Phoenix Air's medical director. The company also says every flight is carefully monitored by both its highly proficient air operations staff and trauma room-intensive care unit medical staff led by an ER-trained medical doctor.

Phoenix Air claims to have the only two the Gulfstream G-III jets in the world with cargo doors that allow for loading and unloading patients on a stretcher with life support systems attached. Also, the plane can travel 3,500 nautical miles, has life support systems on board for patients and a high capacity medical oxygen system.

"I'm pretty positive that they will take care of the situation," Bennett said.

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