Mul­ti­ple uses for he­li­pad

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT -

The up­graded he­li­copter pad at Wal­halla is find­ing some other uses than for emer­gency res­cues.

Ac­cord­ing to Wal­halla-based Baw Baw shire coun­cil­lor Michael Leaney the pad has been used for a pri­vate he­li­copter to pick up a per­son that had com­pleted the Great Alpine Walk from Can­berra to Wal­halla and, on oc­ca­sions, by the Army.

But its prin­ci­pal use is for the He­limed aerial am­bu­lance ser­vice to ex­tract in­jured peo­ple.

Cr Leaney says most of those had been for in­jured trail bike rid­ers and, about 12 months ago, to take a snake bite vic­tim to hospi­tal.

The land­ing pad area is con­stricted in the town, next to the main road, and gravel ar­eas that sur­rounded it were a dan­ger the lat­est res­cue he­li­copters.

The up­grade has seen those ar­eas grassed and low-level fenc­ing in­stalled to pre­vent ve­hi­cles park­ing on the land­ing area.

Be­cause of it close­ness to the en­try road to the town the Wal­halla CFA tem­po­rar­ily closes the road when the air am­bu­lance is due to ar­rive to give it plenty of scope in a dif­fi­cult land­ing zone in the steep ter­rain with nar­row val­ley.

Cr Leaney said a sim­i­lar up­grade was also re­quired for the he­li­copter pad at Tan­jil Bren.

At nearby Raw­son the recre­ation re­serve is use for land­ings when He­limed is call on.

An aerial am­bu­lance on the up­graded he­li­pad at Wal­halla that is mainly used to trans­fer peo­ple in­jured in the bush to hospi­tal.

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