Monday, January 28, 2013

Helicopters At City Hall!

AN OLD FAMILIAR SOUND
Those of you who live near Costa Mesa City Hall will be treated to an old, familiar sound Tuesday through Thursday this week - the sound of helicopters once again landing on the helipad behind the Emergency Operations Center at City Hall.  As you will recall, ever since the City Council decided to abandon the A.B.L.E. helicopter program as a money-saving exercise, the number of helicopters that visited the helipad since then have been few and far between.

TRAINING FOR COSTA MESA FIREFIGHTERS
In a press release today the City announced that a Mercy Air Ambulance will land at the helipad at about 10:00 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday as part of a three-day training exercise for Costa Mesa firefighters.

PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT
According to the release, Mercy Air Ambulance provides air ambulance transport for the critically injured.  The training will include how to work near a helicopter with its blades turning, proper techniques for loading patients, and, in the event of an emergency, how to shut down the helicopter.

SHOULD BE AN INTERESTING SHOW
I don't know how you feel, but that that sounds pretty darn exciting to me, so I might try to find my way over to City Hall late in the morning this week to watch.

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Helicopter Hank said...

Good to see that the helipad is getting some use, and while we're talking about ABLE, did the City ever sell off those helicopters? and if so what was going rate?

1/29/2013 09:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Sgt Friday said...

Anyone ever check the sales of the non helicopter assets? I heard there were a bunch of shady deals and friends got taken care of.

1/31/2013 05:03:00 PM  

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