Related: Choosing the Best Air Ambulance Medical Transportation Company “It’s one of those things where you can only play thehand you’re dealt,” Eggiman told the station. Related: Coordinating a Ground-Air Intercept: Lessons Learned Air Methods, LifeNet’s parent company, did not return the station’s request for comment. Above photo: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration WPDE-TV reports the air ambulance company shut down last Thursday without warning. Midway Fire Chief Doug Eggiman tells the station the helicopter was the only 15 minutes away during an emergency. The next closest helicopter is now 30 minutes away. Because of the air transport’s closure, an ambulance has totake patients to Grand Strand Medical Center. That could be a 40 minute driveaway. HORRY COUNTY, S.C. — The closure of LifeNet in this South Carolina county is making first responder rethink how it responds to emergencies.