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HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley gets its own emergency helicopter

Photo Credit: by Justin Roth
Photo Credit: by Justin Roth
Photo Credit: by Justin Roth

YOU SAW IT HERE FIRST (VIDEO) : HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley in Westwood welcomed AirMed One, as the copter touched down just before dusk last night and crew members emerged to meet with firefighters and first responders from Westwood, Emerson, River Vale and elsewhere in the area.

CLIFFVIEW PILOT photos by Justin Roth

The green, blue and white whirlybird looped in casually from the west, cutting over the facility, just before 8 p.m.

It then hovered low enough for photographers and videographers to capture shots before it set down in the parking lot off Old Hook Road, whipping a wind against those who nudged closer to get a better view.

Parents brought their children and posed for photos after the four-member crew climbed out and removed a gurney from inside.

A crew member told firefighters what the chopper does and what would be asked of them in an emergency.

The crew has been making stops around the county in AirMed One ever since HUMC unveiled its first medical air transportation program in April. The crew includes a flight nurse and a paramedic.

The leased, dual-pilot 2006 Eurocopter is based at Greenwood Lake Airport in West Milford.


By educating first responders, the crew members are coordinating what will happen in an emergency and what all involved should do.

They even showed the dozens of firefighters who crowded in for a look how to cut the copter’s engines and open its doors and compartments, should the need arise. After all, as they said, time is everything when moving a critically ill or injured patient.

“Our medical center is constantly seeking ways to better serve the needs of our community and patients,” said Robert C. Garrett, president and chief executive officer of HackensackUMC. “As the Hackensack University Health Network continues to expand, this helicopter will offer vital transport services to not only HackensackUMC patients, but to our affiliate hospitals as well.”

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