Signals Installed For New Portland Helipad

Chris Giles, CEO & Max Oberlander, Mayor
Thursday, 19 November 2015
Portland drivers will soon need to stop for low-flying emergency helicopters at the new helipad which will be officially opened next month.

Portland District Health advises that the newly installed flashing red traffic signals in Bentinck Street for the Blue Ribbon Foundation Emergency Helipad will soon be operational.

The signals have been tested and commissioned and will be in use within the next few weeks after a procedure manual is finalised for the helicopters and radio communication systems connected.

An official opening for the Blue Ribbon Foundation Emergency Helipad will be held on site at 11.30am for 12noon start on December 8 with the community invited to attend.

The signals have been installed to provide for the safe arrival and departure of the air ambulance and will only be operational during these times. They are a major traffic control item and must be obeyed by motorists and pedestrians.

When operating, motorists can expect long delays and detours via Percy Street from Tyers Street or Fern Street could be used as alternatives to Bentinck Street.

Portland District Health CEO Chris Giles said it was pleasing the see the project move closer to fruition.

We hope the public understands the need for the traffic signals and will follow the new road rules which are needed for the safe transfer of patients needing life-saving care, Ms Giles said.

The lights will only be activated when the helicopter is entering or departing from PDH. This usually happens about six times per month.

Glenelg Shire Mayor Max Oberlander said the helipad installation would greatly improve the chances of survival for critically ill patients in Portland and district.

Our community campaigned tirelessly for this emergency helicopter and it is wonderful to see this project come to fruition, he said.

Every second is vital when it comes to saving lives and we can all know that this helipad will make a real difference in saving local lives.

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