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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Fillmore Field Office
 
Release Date: 04/23/14
Contacts: Lisa Reid , 435-743-3128  

BLM Celebrates the Completion of Two Helipads at Little Sahara Recreation Area


Bureau of Land Management, Fillmore Field Office, Little Sahara Recreation Area Staff and partners cut the ribbon celebrating the completion of the new helipad at LSRA on Saturday, April 19, 2014.  Partners include University of Utah Air Med, West Juab County Ambulance, and Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Utah State Park Rangers.Fillmore, Utah—On Saturday, April 19, 2014, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Fillmore Field Office (FFO) hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the completion of two helicopter landing pads (helipads) located in the visitor center at Little Sahara Recreation Area (LSRA).
 
The two federally funded 2,500-square-foot helipads were designed according to FAA guidelines in cooperation and coordination with the University of Utah Air Med engineering team and are located at LSRA, one east of the visitor center and the second three 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 improve flight crew safety by reducing dust blown around during landing/take-off which hinders visibility or could enter the intake of the helicopter engine. The new helipads provide water and electricity for on-board charging of emergency equipment.
 
“We were pleased to have the helipads completed in time for the busiest weekend of the year,” said Mike Gates, FFO Manager. “We take safety very serious at LSRA and understanding that accidents do happen. Having the new helipads will make it safer for air ambulances to help those who are critically injured.”
 
During the dedication, Mike Gates expressed gratitude toward all those who came to support the completion of the helipads and to University of Utah Air Med for their partnership in this project. 
 
This year over 20,000 visitors played at LSRA during the Easter weekend. West Juab County Ambulance transported three patients to the hospital and treated 33 at the on-site medical trailer. The injuries ranged from minor cuts and scrapes, allergic reactions, burns, broken bones and head injuries. Air Med transported three patients with traumatic injuries from the area this weekend.
 
For more information about Little Sahara Recreation Area, call 435-743-3100 or visit http://on.doi.gov/xkVcv6.

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The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.
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Last updated: 04-23-2014