On Tuesday evening the Frohna-Altenburg Fire Department and East Perry Rural Fire Department dedicated the first helipad in the eastern part of the county.
Fire Chief Tom Unger says the new pad will help safely bring evacuation services closer to accidents. Firemen and Emergency responders have a designated place now instead of trying to land on a road or a ball field. The two departments have been collaborating for nearly two years to bring this project full circle. Donations from local businesses and residents, as well as planned fundraisers, have helped to build the nearly $10,000 helicopter pad. Both the cities of Frohna and Altenburg helped with funding for construction. Unger says this is the first of three planned for the area. It has concrete sidewalks and is composed of heavy duty materials. The more rural, future pads will be simpler in design and cost between $5,000 to $7,000. Fundraising events for those have not been scheduled. Life-Air Evac was present for an emergency demonstration with attending firefighters and emergency personnel. Read more in the Republic Monitor.