Sacramento, CA, March 12, 2012, noon - Caltrans has launched a website for emergency response pilots to help them find heliport-equipped hospitals across California during medical emergencies. The service will provide a critical link between hospitals and personnel that respond either to daily or large-scale medical emergencies. Acting Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty said the new website provides critical information at a time when every second counts. The website is intended to aid pilots who fly Emergency Medical Services (EMS) helicopters and helps first responders by providing quick online access to hospital heliports and the type of emergency services each hospital provides. The result is an interactive state map that shows the locations of hospital heliports. Emergency responders can “zoom” into county or regional views and select information about a particular heliport, including geographic coordinates, trauma center level, and the heliport’s proximity to nearby cities and major roads. The site also shows authorized flight paths, and heliport data such as dimensions, lighting, elevation, and helicopter size and weight limits. The website address is:
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