Detroit Lakes airport to get new emergency helicopter hangar
The city will add the hangar to its airport to try and close an emergency coverage gap in the area.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — Detroit Lakes is hoping to close an emergency response coverage gap with an all-new partnership.
The city has partnered with Life Link III, a patient transportation agency, to open a new emergency helicopter hangar at its airport.
The hangar is costing the city roughly $700,000 which they plan to pay off over 10 years.
It will increase emergency access to the Detroit Lakes region, as previous rescues would need to come from farther away cities, such as Fargo or Alexandria.
The new hangar will come fully prepared for everything, and will have people constantly stationed there.
"A hangar for the helicopter, and there'll be a room then for the mechanics to work on a helicopter and then room for three people to stay 24/7, and provide the crew for that," said Mark Hagan, chairman of the Detroit Lakes Becker County Airport Commission.
The airport is expecting to open the hangar in May of 2022.