On Saturday the Northfield Hospital held an open house at the Emergency Medical Services facility on Riverview Lane. It is right next to our shop/office so I walked over to visit with the folks. The first thing that captured my eye was the helicopter that landed in the street. EMS helicopters never look very large to me and by walking up close to it I confirmed that they are not large! I always wondered how a prone patient fit into the helicopter and now I know. There is a gurney that pivots into the cab so that one end of it is where the co-pilot would normally sit, and the other end of the gurney sticks back into the cab. It is a tight fit for the pilot, patient and medical staff but it seems to work well when urgent transport is required.
There were some demonstrations inside the EMS facility and people were able to look around and see how things work at the EMS. They have been in this new facility for about 9 months. It is a huge improvement over the old facility on Second Street in Northfield. Here there is adequate room for the ambulances, supplies, offices, staff rooms, etc. They can wash and maintain the ambulances in the garage. There is a large meeting room where training meetings take place. On this day they set up tables and one could buy a hot dog lunch. It is nice to see the EMS settled into their new quarters.