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Published June 24, 2010, 04:54 PM

Blackhawk Helicopter Stationed In Devils Lake For Emergencies

Emergency workers in Devils Lake have been looking for some relief when it comes to getting to stranded victims. That relief came today.

Emergency workers in Devils Lake have been looking for some relief when it comes to getting to stranded victims.

That relief came today in the form for a Black Hawk Helicopter.

Members of the Devils Lake Ambulance Service had a lot of questions today when they took a look at their new ride.

Earlier this week Governor Hoeven ordered a National Guard Black Hawk Helicopter be stationed in Devils Lake for emergency situations.

Mayor Dick Johnson: "right now, as you can see, the roads, so many of them are either inundated or not passable. So With all the people out there and all the activity and construction work that is going on and will be going on its critical that we have this service available."

When a call is received...it is determined from there whether the helicopter will be needed.

Ambulance workers will meet up with National Guard Pilots at the airport and go from there.

However...the black hawk might not be here for long.

A 4-Wheel Drive Ambulance is being driven from Montana and will provide services to the Lake Region Area.

"by that time they get that organized a bit and get the equipment moved into it, probably by the first of the week, monday or so I would guess, they'll be taking the copter back to Bismarck and the 4-wheel drive ambulance will be in place at the Lake Region Ambulance Service"

And although the helicopter won't be here long, the ambulance could be.

"it'll be here until its not needed anymore. Now that could be a long time, that would be this summer, next summer. The weather is going to determine that and our lake, how much thats going to rise and those types of things, overland flooding. And I think the guard is prepared, they're prepared for that long term stay if needed.

Members of the Ambulance service were able to make recommendations as to what would work best while being in the helicopter.

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