Emergency Helicopters Landing at Clarion Mall While Landing Pad at Clarion Hospital Repaired
CLARION, Pa. (EYT) – The landing pad for emergency helicopters at the Clarion Hospital was out of commission this week for repairs forcing helicopters from both LifeFlight and Stat Medevac to land in the parking lot at the Clarion Mall.
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“The pad needed some maintenance,” Nico Soler, the Prehospital Business Development Specialist with the Allegheny Health Network LifeFlight, told exploreClarion.
“The old pad was torn out, and a new one was put in including improving the drainage.”
Soler said the pad at the hospital has been offline since Monday, April 15, and it will be back in use at 7:00 a.m. on Monday, April 22.
M and B Services is the contractor completing the project.
A source at Clarion Hospital told exploreClarion that the pad is currently being painted.
Soler confirmed that.
“It’s a licensed helipad, so it has to have all the FAS required marking,” explained Soler.
According to Soler, when the decision was made to repair the pad, LifeFlight, which is based at Clarion Hospital, worked with Clarion County 9-1-1, as well as Clarion Fire & Hose Co. No. 1 and Clarion Hospital EMS.
“If an aircraft was coming in, the aircraft would notify Clarion County 9-1-1 which would dispatch the fire department and set up a landing zone just like you would at a scene of a car wreck with cones and everything,” said Soler.
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