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Medical helicopter crews in Peru get new and improved workplace

Posted by wlpo on December 16, 2015

Not all airport hangars are built just to house corporate jets. Some are used to house life-saving helicopters.

The official dedication and blessing of the new OSF Life Flight hangar was held Wednesday afternoon at the Illinois Valley Regional Airport in Peru. The 7,000 square foot building can store two helicopters at a time and comes with a kitchen and office space for the crews who work 24 hour shifts.

Kathy Divine is the Vice President of OSF Aviation. She says a lot of patients that are flown to Peoria are initially picked up along Interstate 80. The Peru crew handles about 70 transfers a month.

While Life Flight has been in business over 30 years, they didn’t start having crews part-time in Peru until about five years ago. Helicopter crews started working full-time in Peru two years ago but had to share hangar space and work out of a trailer.

The new hangar cost OSF around a million dollars.

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