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Construction On Schedule for NLRHC’s Helipad

Fort McMurray, AB, Canada / MIX 103.7
Construction On Schedule for NLRHC's Helipad

Murray Crawford, NLRHC Senior Operating Officer speaking to Minister Jansen about helipad // Jaryn Vecchio - Harvard Broadcasting

You will start to see visible evidence of the hospital’s new helipad over the next couple of weeks.

Construction has been ongoing since January with crews now focusing on the actual structure.

Minister of Infrastructure Sandra Jansen was in Fort McMurray on Friday to see the progress being done.

She tells Mix News she will personally be keeping an eye on the project.

“We know that it saves lives and so we have to make sure that we’re doing whatever we can to make sure we get that infrastructure in place as quickly as possible, on time, on budget, and making sure that it fits the needs of the community.”

Conceptual drawing of the NLRHC Heliport // photo supplied by AHS

Director of Project Management for AHS North Zone Mark Smyth says they’ll be working to make sure this project is ready as soon as possible.

“A lot of the work will happen through the summer and into the fall.”

The landing spot would be at the North Leading Dock Area located at the rear of the hospital. The pad, along with the walkway, is be created between 30-40 feet off the ground, matching the elevation of the hospital.

It’s expected to be finished by the end of the year.

For the time being, the Local HERO Foundation will continue to airlift patients to the airport where they will then be transported to the hospital.