There was a time when neither Midland or Penetanguishene hospitals had helipads. On the rarest occasion a military medivac from Trenton would use MSS football field as its DZ. A spot behind OPP’s old detachment office near Zellers was used on a few occasions. Through a series of editorials in the Midland Times urging construction of helipads at both hospitals the day came in the ’80s when Bandage One served Huronia for the first time landing on spanking new, well lit helipads cutting transportation times by land ambulances to Metro hospitals by 30-60 minutes depending on traffic.
Since then we take medivac for granted. They often come and go in the middle of the night, if their rotors wake us up from a deep sleep we silently offer a prayer for patient, pilot and crew and thank medical staff at Georgian Bay General Hospital for stabilizing patient ready for transport. As 82nd Airborne parachute jumpers are apt to say, Airbourne all the way and God speed.