(FILLMORE, Utah) – On Saturday, April 19th, 12noon, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Fillmore Field Office (FFO) will host a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the completion of two helicopter landing pads (heli-pads) located near the visitor center at Little Sahara Recreation Area (LSRA). The federally funded heli-pads were designed according to FAA guidelines in cooperation and coordination with University of Utah Air Med engineering team and are located at LSRA, one east of the visitor center and the second 3 miles northeast of Sand Mountain, where most of the accidents occur. These helipads allow for air ambulances to land/ load safely and quickly transport critically injured patients from LSRA to nearby hospitals.
The two newly constructed helipads replaced the previous landing sites which presented several safety concerns, such as reducing dust and debris blown around during landing/take-off and possible debris into the intake of the helicopter engine. The new helipads provide water and electricity for on-board charging of emergency equipment.