The Whispering Pines Fire Department on Tuesday called for a Native Air helicopter to evacuate a young woman injured in an accident. The medical air ambulance landed in a field in nearby Beaver Valley.
Whispering Pines Fire officials did not return calls at press time seeking details of the accident, the woman’s identity or her condition.
The incident illustrated the close working relationship between the volunteer-dependent Beaver Valley and Whispering Pines fire departments. Neither department could afford its own full-time paramedic, so they pooled resources and shared the position.
The two departments often train together and frequently cooperate on calls. These include helping rescue visitors who have an accident or other emergency in the forest areas between the communities. The joint response maximizes resources in critical situations.
In addition, the relationship gives the Whispering Pines Fire Department use of a good helicopter landing area in Beaver Valley, which cuts about 30 minutes off the time it takes to get an injured patient to Payson Regional Medical Center.