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At 2:30 pm Wednesday afternoon Carolina Air Care helicopter Tarheel 2 arrived at its new base in Aberdeen.

The helicopter and its crew will operate 24 hours a day 7 days a week from the new base located at the Aberdeen Fire & Rescue substation on NC Highway 211 near the Moore County and Hoke County line.

The Town of Aberdeen has been working hand in hand with officials from UNC to get things ready for today’s big move. Truckloads of equipment and supplies were being brought to the new location while technicians worked to complete the installation of the computers and equipment for the flight operations center used by the pilot to determine if it is safe to fly.

A temporary landing pad was brought in and assembled for the helicopter to use until a permanent concrete pad can be poured in the near future.

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The bedroom facilities for the flight crews are still under construction inside of the fire station so a portable camper was brought in to temporarily house the crews on duty while the new construction is completed over the coming week.

The helicopter was previously stationed at Cape Fear Hospital in Fayetteville before being moved to the new location in Moore County today. In addition to the helicopter here UNC operates three other helicopters based in Chapel Hill, Siler City and Goldsboro.

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A pilot, flight nurse and flight paramedic will be on duty 24 hours a day at the base. The pilots work 12 hour shifts while the medical crews work 24 hour shifts. In addition two helicopter mechanics are assigned to work Monday through Friday maintaining the aircraft when it is not on a mission.

On hand to meet the helicopter when it landed today were a number of officials with the Town of Aberdeen, Moore County and UNC Healthcare including Aberdeen Mayor Robbie Farrell, Aberdeen Fire Chief Phillip Richardson, and Moore County Public Safety Director Bryan Phillips and many others.

 

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Local News

  • CSI Local Author Visits The Cabin Thursday +

    On Thursday, February 22nd, the Sandhills Woman’s Exchange hosted local author Jodi Barth for a Lunch n’ Learn Lecture. Read More
  • Arts Council Music Series Continues With Award-Winning Artists! +

    Did you miss the first two concerts of the Arts Council of Moore County’s Classical Concert Series? If so, then Read More
  • Eat A Sub In March & Help Two Area Charities +

    Jersey Mike’s Kicks off 8th Annual “Month of Giving” in March Read More
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Crime Reports

  • Law Enforcement Investigating Local School Threat Sunday +

    Sunday night law enforcement  officers are investigating a reported threat made by a student that a shooting was planned for Read More
  • Aberdeen Police Checkpoint Results In Gun & Drug Charges Saturday +

    Officers from four departments worked together to conduct a traffic a traffic checkpoint and a saturation enforcement event Saturday night Read More
  • Pinehurst Police Traffic Checkpoints Result In More Than 30 Charges +

    The Pinehurst Police Department conducted traffic checkpoints and a speed enforcement operation Wednesday evening that resulted in more than 30 Read More
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Obituaries

  • Charles P. Lewis of Carthage Obituary +

    Charles P. Lewis, age 70 of Carthage passed away Thursday, February 22, 2018 at his home just four days shy Read More
  • Mrs. Edna Earle B. Cole Obituary +

    Mrs. Edna Earle B. Cole, 93, died Friday February 23, at First Health Hospice in Pinehurst, NC.  Read More
  • John Valley Winchester of Pinehurst Obituary +

    John Valley Winchester, age 93, of Pinehurst, North Carolina formerly of Pickens, South Carolina, passed away on Wednesday, February 21, Read More
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Accident & Fire

  • 3 Transported After Vehicle Overturns In Pinehurst Accident Monday +

    Two adults and a five year old child were transported to the hospital after their SUV overturned in a two-vehicle Read More
  • Woman Trapped After Vehicle Overturns In Southern Pines Wreck Sunday +

    A 37 year old woman was temporarily entrapped in her vehicle after it overturned in Southern Pines Sunday afternoon. Read More
  • One Dies In Three Vehicle Pinehurst Wreck Saturday +

    A man reported to be in his nineties died in a three vehicle accident in Pinehurst Saturday afternoon only blocks from Read More
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