Premont - City and county officials were among those present in Premont on Thursday for the ribbon cutting ceremony that celebrated the new Halo Flight landing pad.
Premont had an existing landing pad in the city, but after years of service Halo Flight officials decided a new site was in order, according to Tom Klassen, executive director of Halo Flight and pilot.
The newly constructed pad is located at County Road 430 (Elaine Street) and NW 1st Street.
The site will be used during emergency flights to transport patients to hospital in a timely manner.
The community-lead effort was led by a dedicated group of citizens, focused on making things safer for seriously injured citizens of Premont and the surrounding areas of South Jim Wells County as well as neighboring Duval and Kleberg Counties. The group is known as Friends of HALO-Flight-Premont.
For 30 years, HALO-Flight has provided medical treatment and transport for critically ill or injured persons requiring a higher level of medical or trauma care, regardless of their ability to pay.
Today, HALO-Flight has bases in Corpus Christi, Alice and Beeville, a fleet of four Bell Helicopters, and a fulltime staff of pilots, critical care registered nurses, flight certified paramedics, operations control communication specialists and certified flight mechanics.