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Air Evac, fire department team up to construct landing pad

A rural volunteer fire department’s determination and Air Evac’s support will help save lives in rural Perry County.

Oakmulgee Creek Volunteer Fire Department and Air Evac Lifeteam teamed up to construct a helicopter landing pad at the VFD’s station on Hwy. 219.

Photo courtesy of Air Evac

Photo courtesy of Air Evac

The two organizations are now inviting the public to be a part of the opening and dedication of the new landing pad on Nov. 5.

The landing pad was built for medical helicopters.

“After working for over a year and a lot of hard work, Oakmulgee Creek VFD has finished its helicopter landing pad,” an Air Evac press release stated. “It’s ready to be used as an assigned landing pad for air medical transport helicopters like Air Evac Lifeteam located in Demopolis.”

David Biddle, Air Evac’s Membership Manager, along with base crew members at the Air Evac Lifeteam Base in Demopolis have been working with the fire department and other VFDs for almost a year on getting the project finished.

“After all the hard work and the vision the fire department had, we now have a location for medical helicopters to have a safe place to land in rural Perry County,” the release added.

Air Evac officials praised the fire department for its “whatever it takes” approach to getting the landing pad built.

Oakmulgee Creek VFD and Air Evac will host an open house so everyone can come see the landing pad and meet with members of the fire department and Air Evac’s Lifeteam from 4-6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 5.

Guests will also get a close-up look at the medical helicopter. The event will be held at the station, located at 12850 Hwy. 219 in Perry County.

For more information, contact Sandra Reed with the Oakmulgee Creek VFD (334) 872-5524 or David Biddle with Air Evac Lifeteam, (334) 654-0363.