Charlottesville Fire Department prepares for an emergency on UVA Medical Center’s new helipad

  • Source: WVIR-TV NBC 29 Charlottesville
  • Published: 09/14/2020 12:00 AM

Practicing for all types of emergencies is critical for firefighters. That’s why the Charlottesville Fire Department (CFD) is preparing for an emergency on the new helipad at the University of Virginia Medical Center. “This is one of those things we want to train on so we can’t get it wrong,” firefighter Andrew Kniss said. Since 2012, CFD has been training its crews on the helipad at UVA Medical Center in case a helicopter doesn’t land properly on the roof. “Today we were reviewing our response plans and emergency procedures for the new hospital expansion helipad,” Kniss said. “It’s very important to train on the high-risk-low-frequency events, because we’re only going to get one shot and a whole career to get it right. We need to get it right 100% of the time,” Kniss said. The training sessions are held annually.


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