U.P. Pilot in Texas helping with relief efforts
The personnel at Valley Med Flight and their parent company are at their best when things are bad and they are bad in Texas.
Patrick Siegle is the base coordinator and a flight paramedic at the Valley Med Flight base in Escanaba.
"Prior to Harvey ever making landfall we started making preparations for aircraft throughout our entire corporation to make sure they could respond if a tragedy happened" said Siegle. "We currently have nearly 60 aircraft and over 300 personnel in Texas.
Bases in the U.P. haven't seen many personnel head to Texas but that could change depending on the duration of relief efforts.
"Currently we have one one pilot that has left the Escanaba base to go down there and operate and the rest of them will be rotated out. They'll probably spend two weeks down there and then they'll rotate out."
But while personnel and resources are shifted to assist in Texas, the bases are still being covered here at home and no changes in services are expected.
"We have moved aircraft out of Minnesota and now our base in Houghton is covering that Minnesota are. The operations still go as usual at home even though we've got all these personnel down in the Texas filling in and trying to help those folks down there."
Patrick says that Valley Med Flight and their sister companies will continue to assist in Texas as long as necessary.