Site preparations are taking place for the new LifeFlight Eagle hangar at Chillicothe Municipal Airport, a relocation of the air ambulance from Trenton to Chillicothe.
Site preparations are taking place for the new LifeFlight Eagle hangar at Chillicothe Municipal Airport, a relocation of the air ambulance from Trenton to Chillicothe. Dirt work began after the first of the year and the crews are now working on the base of the structure. Sewer connections will be laid and concrete poured within the next few weeks. The facility is expected to be completed and operational by August, weather dependent. It will have five bedrooms, a kitchen and a living area as well as work areas for the flight nurse, flight paramedic and pilot to do their paperwork. There also will be an enclosed hangar for housing the helicopter and performing routine maintenance on the helicopter. There will be storerooms for medical equipment and supplies as well as a tool room for the mechanic. The building component is modeled after LifeFlight Eagle hangars in Odessa and Clinton and is expected to arrive within the next few weeks. Unique to Chillicothe’s hangar is the incorporation of a supply room that will double as a hardened storm shelter, said Matt Daugherty, director of business development for LifeFlight Eagle. “It is a special reinforced room and will provide the crew with a safe place to go,” Daugherty said. “Rather than it being an add-on feature, it will double as usable space.” An above-ground fuel tank for jet fuel will be located near the building. There also will be an outside helicopter pad. The overall project is estimated to cost around $1 million will be paid for through a long-term lease agreement. LifeFlight Eagle has and the city of Chillicothe have signed a contract for a long-term lease. The LifeFlight station will be operational year-round, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Daugherty said that it is LifeFlight’s goal to be in the air within six minutes of getting the call.