Leadership Marshall Class puts Emergency Helipad at EMS

Friday, October 29, 2010

The Leadership Marshall class of 2009-2010 organized the construction of a helipad for emergency helicopter landings at the Marshall County Emergency Medical Service building on South Ellington Parkway for their class project.

Leadership Marshall each year brings together adults in Marshall County who want to learn more about local and state government, the history of Marshall County, economic development in Marshall County and more. Volunteer coordinator Lynda Potts conducts the program each year creating new groups of local business and government leaders who want to become more involved in making Marshall County a better place to live. As part of the program, each class must create and implement a class project; and this year's class decided on the helipad at EMS.

The Leadership Marshall class of Jennifer Allen, Tara Ewing, Tamekia Harris, Jessica Hopper, Gina Jones, Eric Michael, Jenise Nelson, Scottie Poarch, Bonnie Scheuchenzuber, Rick Seaton, Billy Spivey, E.W. Hill Jr. and Joel Childress got the idea for the helipad from Marshall County Ambulance Service director James Whorley. Former County Commissioner Spivey offered to do the electrical work on the project and the group received funding from the County Tourism and ECD Committee chaired by former Commissioner Jimmy Stitt.

The project moved forward with help from Marshall County Building Codes Inspector Don Nelson who brought the project to the Lewisburg Planning and Zoning Commission for approval. Nelson and Spivey also helped to oversee the project design and the construction that was completed at the EMS site.

More people began to pitch in on the project as Marshall County Superintendent of Roads Jerry Williams provided the excavation and the hauling of gravel. Marshall County Stone donated the rock and Childress Concrete gave the group a discount on materials as Keith Hooten Construction formed the concrete for the helipad project. Then, Lincoln Paving Company came in and constructed the asphalt drive to the helipad.

The final touches were provided by the Lewisburg Lions Club, the Lewisburg Kiwanis Club and the Lewisburg Rotary Club who pitched in to purchase the landing pad lighting and Lewisburg Electric System furnished the landing markers for the utility poles that surround the EMS site. Also, Air EVAC donated the windsock which helps the pilots determine the direction of the wind.

The helipad project will allow emergency helicopters to land and take off from the EMS site where the ambulances that serve Marshall County residents are located. In the past, helicopters were forced to create landing sites from fields and the National Guard Armory that added precious seconds to emergency flights and transports. Now, people in need of emergency flights can be transported to the EMS site directly and flown to one of the major hospitals in the region.