Smoke marks the spot for Barnes Air National Guard Blackhawk to set down
Amherst Fire Department practiced an emergency hand off of potential patients to a pair of Blackhawk helicopters from Barnes Air National Guard Base stationed in Westfield.
A Black Hawk is a tad better equipped to fly in inclement weather, so if the usual Lifeflight unit out of Worcester Medical couldn't fly, these helicopters could be a lifesaver. They are also far larger and can handle up to 6 patients, which is 5 more than Lifeflight.
The Black Hawks are also equipped with a winch system which would allow for extrication of a patient from rough terrain such as The Notch, or a Hampshire College roof.
Kicking up a snowstorm