The spring project for the Joes Fire Department was to build a helipad, located on the east side of the fire hall at Highway 59 and Highway 36.

With support from the Yuma County Commissioners, Eugene Nelson Trust, and Chamberlain Concrete the project was completed by May 2017. Joes Fire Department now has a 40-by-40 foot Helipad, a concrete walkway to the helipad and an eight-by-eight foot concrete pad for the ambulance to back up to and unload a patient.

The crew with the Airlife helicopter based in Hugo goes through a training with area emergency responders, at the new Joes helipad on June 6. (Roger Brown)

When designing the helipad and developing the idea, Joes Fire Department wanted to provided it’s community with rapid, appropriate patient care when needed. With this helipad in place, all resources in the southern part of the community are able to come together and provide a higher level of care for it’s residence.

The Joes Fire Department invited Airlife of Denver to make it’s first flight to the helipad and provide training, on Monday, June 5. Airlife out of Hugo attended for almost two hours providing helicopter safety training. Kirk Fire Department, Joes Fire Department, Cope Fire Department, and South Y-W Ambulance all attended. Colorado State Patrol and Yuma County Sheriff Deputies also attended, along with Roger Brown, Yuma County Emergency Management. By having all sections of emergency personnel at the training, it allowed for all departments to agree on the one common goal to provide quality of care for all of our communities combined. Thank you to all that helped support this project, Joes Fire Department.