Founded in 1971, Southeast Mississippi Air Ambulance District (SEMAAD) is the longest continuous running helicopter rescue operation in the United States. We are the only community, tax-supported air ambulance district in the nation and strive on being the nation’s leader in the development of state-of-the-art ambulance services.
SEMAAD celebrated the acquisition of a new Agusta A119 Koala single-engine turbine helicopter in early 2002 at the time, one of only two of its kind in the nation’s air ambulance fleet. The aircraft flies some 600 missions a year to afford life-saving health care and transport throughout Southeast Mississippi.
Commonly known as Rescue 7 for the Mississippi Highway Patrol District in which it operates, the helicopter provides coverage in 10 primary counties: Covington, Forrest, Greene, Jefferson Davis, Lamar, Marion, Pearl River, Perry, Stone, and Walthall