Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano has been erupting for the last month and recently a third stream of flowing lava was seen rolling into the ocean waters. Two United States Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion emergency helicopters were posted on standby to respond in assisting with evacuations should molten hot lava and huge fissures and cracks block escape routes.
The CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters are an asset in emergency response because they can comfortably and safely transport up to 50 passengers at one time.
Representatives with the Hawaii National Guard have indicated that via the use of the emergency helicopters, officials now have the capacity to evac the estimated population of residents in the danger zone in less than a few hours time.
Kilauea, one of the world’s most active volcanoes, suffered a violent eruption at its summit that sent volcanic ash 10,000 feet into the air. Hawaii’s volcano observatory is concerned that winds could cause the ash to move in the direction of the Pahala region.
Since the initial eruptions, approximately 50 nearby structures and homes have seen damage or been decimated as a result of lava fissures. More than 2000 visitors and inhabitants have been evacuated and another 2000 are at risk for emergency helicopter evac should fissures continue to open.
Although road crews have worked consistently throughout to dump specialized material into cracks on roadways and cover them with steel plates in efforts to keep them open, aerial evacuations may still be necessitated.
Local emergency helicopters could potentially be enlisted to supplement emergency response should the situation become dire. Helicopters have been utilized for a number of years to facilitate emergent response, search and rescue ops and retrieval of lost or stranded hikers from mountainsides and in densely covered regions.
As a result of their inherent ability to maneuver with agility, navigate over-developed cityscapes and elevate to altitudes high enough to retrieve injured parties from rooftops during high rise fires, helicopters have proved an invaluable resource in the emergency services realm. Additionally, rotary aircraft are used to benefit helicopter emergency medical services in the logistical transport of clinical staff to accident scenes and to convey critically ill or injured people to hospitals for treatments because they can hover effectively and lift off from the precise place they landed.
It’s no wonder, officials have helicopters on standby to facilitate emergency evacuations should things take a turn for the worse. If you happen to find yourself in need of emergency helicopter services, contact FairLifts, operators are available 24/7 to coordinate emergency response efforts. Generally, response can be coordinated in under two hours time.