New air ambulance service takes off at Potsdam Airport
Friday, October 12, 2012 - 6:43 am

Members of the Potsdam Volunteer Rescue Squad are shown the rear entrance to the twin-turbine helicopter now based at Potsdam Municipal Airport.

By CRAIG FREILICH

POTSDAM -- After more than five years without a regular emergency air ambulance service in St. Lawrence County, the ribbon-cutting for a new provider’s base at Potsdam’s airport was held last night.

Air Methods, the largest air ambulance service in the world, has set up 24-hour coverage under its LifeNet brand from a hangar at Potsdam Municipal Airport/Damon Field for a twin-turbine American Eurocopter EC-135 and crew quarters.

The service will cover the county and surrounding area up to about a 100-mile radius.

It is hiring people for 14 well paid jobs here.

The crew will consist of four fully rated helicopter pilots, four critical care registered nurses, four critical care paramedics, and two airframe-and-powerplant mechanics for the chopper.