Facilities Crew Gives Helipad a Makeover

Posted: January 20, 2020

It’s the kind of work you might not think about much, unless you fly helicopters.

Having the helipads available for emergency transport via air ambulance is vital for both NorthBay Medical Center and NorthBay VacaValley Hospital. But maintaining the pads involves more than just keeping them clear of debris and securely fenced in. For the pilots, being able to clearly see the pad and its markings is absolutely critical.

NorthBay Medical Center’s helipad was repainted along with a number of other upgrades and repairs last fall thanks to the efforts of the facilities maintenance team, including painter William Reed.

“I repainted this structure that’s been in need of renovation for years and was honored to do so,” says William. “This is a very important piece to our facility … The pilots that land here, have to land fast because they’re saving lives and this landing pad is now more noticeable.”

In addition to the new paint job, crews modified the sprinkler system so security can turn it off when air ambulances are landing. They also replaced a retaining wall, improved drainage for rain water runoff, restored and repaired lighting and put up a new windsock, explained Tim Manes, chief engineer at NorthBay Medical Center.


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