Southern Cascades Proposes Upgrade to Weather Advanced Helicopter


Southern Cascades seeks the help of Congressman Doug LaMalfa’s office with its proposed upgrading of the areas medical helicopter. The problem is they don’t have the hangar necessary to house the advanced machine that is required for upkeep and maintenance. As it stands the site has a fleet of ambulances, two small buildings, and a helipad. The advanced technology and instrumentation on the new helicopter requires the equipment to be housed and covered as the advanced instruments help navigate through rough weather. The benefit would be in allowing the helicopter to not only fly during inclement weather but through smoke filled skies. This will increase the isolated area to the Northwest of Lassen County’s ability to add an additional 30 to 40 medical flights for emergency medical care a year. Proposals for the grant funding are due to La Malfa’s office by Monday.