VIDEO: Helicopter drill at Walt Hundley Playfield

2:25 PM: We are at Walt Hundley Playfield in High Point, where an Airlift Northwest medical helicopter has just landed for the second day of West Seattle drills with SFD.

It’s the same thing they did at Alki yesterday – but the weather’s worse. Updates to come.

2:50 PM: Helicopter has departed. 2 more drills – 2 pm tomorrow at Alki, Thursday at Walt Hundley. Spectators welcome, around the edges of the field.

ADDED 8:41 PM: More photos/video, with a closer look at the helicopter:

Firefighters had a training class before they came to the field for the drill.

SFD has said, air transfers are likely to be very rare if they happen at all- but in case of, say, a total transportation logjam at peak hour, without the West Seattle Bridge, the option needs to be available, and they need to be ready to assist.

Airlift Northwest offers memberships; we asked spokesperson Stephen LeMay about them. “Airlift Northwest membership works with insurance carriers to offset any remaining balance on an aeromedical bill, which can be very expensive. Patients with a membership will *not* receive a bill for their transport, or any services provided during the transport. Membership is *not* required to be eligible for transport. We will fly any patient in need to any hospital regardless of membership or payor status. Airlift Northwest provides over $2 million in charity care every year.”

7 Replies to "VIDEO: Helicopter drill at Walt Hundley Playfield"

  • Brizone June 9, 2020 (2:49 pm)

    They just took off again a few minutes ago.

  • cs June 9, 2020 (3:20 pm)

    That was cool. I love helicopters.

  • Wes C. Attle June 9, 2020 (5:55 pm)

    Vashon friends have warned of expensive medical bills due to these measures (like add an additional 40k to the bill) without specific insurance that covers airlifting. Has anyone else considered this?  

    • WSB June 9, 2020 (7:36 pm)

      We’ll be adding more to this report including some info on the financial component.

  • Yma June 9, 2020 (10:10 pm)

    Airlift membership? What? Our main conduit is out for who knows how long. I’d really like to hear more on this & how King County is addressing. 

    • WSB June 9, 2020 (11:42 pm)

      Again, this kind of airlift is expected to be VERY rare – if ever – but say something constrained mobility even beyond what’s happened so far (for example, high-bridge failure risk forces closure of the low bridge, and it’s rush hour with a miles-long jam to the 1st Ave. S. Bridge), they want to have this in the toolbox.

  • Trickycoolj June 9, 2020 (11:02 pm)

    Since the link above is to a flow chart the cost is $60 per household per year.  If you do any other adventure sports in the mountains not a terrible investment. 

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