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LAFD report on opening of unique dual-use Heliport in Los Angeles

8th December 2008 - 12:22 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The first state-of-the-art heliport designed to serve both trauma air transport needs and corporate clients in Downtown Los Angeles was unveiled on December 4, 2008 at the formal dedication of the Robert F. Maguire Heliport.

We are pleased to share a YouTube video of the event, featuring one of the LAFD's two new AW139 Helicopters and the attendance of Los Angeles Fire Department personnel, including Deputy Fire Chief Mario Rueda.  (AgustaWestland photo of one of their AW139s in action)

Located atop the Maguire Investments owned Grand Avenue Garage at 240 Venice Boulevard, the heliport will for the first time enable medical helicopters - including Los Angeles Fire Department Air Ambulances, to access the Leavey Trauma Center at California Hospital Medical Center.

In addition, the heliport will fill a void for corporations doing business in Downtown Los Angeles, with Maguire Aviation helicopters providing service to its corporate clients.

The development of the heliport was spearheaded by real estate developer and aviation entrepreneur Robert F. Maguire III. The 15-story garage was originally a requirement in the building of Library Tower, now the US Bank Tower, the West's tallest building.

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

 

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