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800 S. Washington Ave.
Saginaw, MI 48601
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Landing Zones

To ensure landing site safety, please observe the following guidelines.
  • Daytime: Flat area 100 x 100 feet
  • Night/high winds: Flat area 150 x 150 feet
  • Sites should be free of overhead obstructions (wires, trees & signs) and ground debris (trash cans, twigs and ambulance sheets) and be as level as possible.
  • Rotary beacons of emergency vehicles should be left on to help the pilot identify the general location. However, do not shine lights upward toward the aircraft.
  • Night landing zones must be identified by emergency vehicle beacons; crisscrossed low-beam auto headlights, or light sticks that are well secured to the ground.
  • Keep people at least 100 feet from the landing zone.
  • Always approach the helicopter from the front and only after signaled to do so by the pilot and/or medical team.
  • Never approach the helicopter from the rear or from the uphill side of the aircraft.
  • There should be absolutely no smoking or running within 100 feet of the helicopter.
  • Secure all medical items,. Never bring loose sheets or raised I. V. poles into the landing zone.
  • Remain with the patient. The medical flight team will come to you.
  • The flight team is responsible for loading and unloading equipment and patients.
  • Please do not assist the flight team in opening or closing the helicopter doors. 

Additional information can be found in the St. Mary's of Michigan TAG (Transfer Assistance Guidelines) Manual.


800 South Washington Avenue | Saginaw, MI 48601 |
(989) 907-8000 | 1-844-907-8000
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