Turbines won’t be a problem for Mercy Flight

Posted 29 October 2015 at 12:00 am


After speaking with the fire chief of Lyndonville Fire Department, who has spoken with Mercy Flight crew members and flight directors, I am writing this letter in response to the concerned citizens of the Village of Lyndonville and the Town of Yates concerning the Letter to the Editor on the Orleans Hub.

The article topic was windmills and Mercy Flight. The person who wrote the article stated that if the windmills come into our area that our community’s safety is at risk because Mercy Flight will not come into the area. That statement is false.

The fire chief has spoken to Mercy Flight personally and they stated that they have actually landed in between windmills in other areas. The biggest concern they have with any upright structures is lighting. The biggest problem they run up against is cell towers not being lit up, not windmills.

When Mercy Flight is called in to transport patients, the fire company and ambulance crews are in contact with the aircraft to establish landing zones. The pilot prefers they land on a hard surface such as a road or parking lot.

Rest assured, Mercy Flight will always be here when the weather and availability allows them to whether or not the windmills or any other towering structures come into our area.

Linda Fisk