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UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Ankeny)

1055 Southwest Oralabor Road
Ankeny, IA 50023

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UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Jordan Creek)

180 Jordan Creek Pkwy
West Des Moines, IA 50266

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UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Waukee)

950 E Hickman Rd
Waukee, IA 50263

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UnityPoint Clinic Behavioral Health Urgent Care - Des Moines

1250 East 9th Street
Des Moines, IA 50316

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UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Altoona

2720 8th Street Southwest
Altoona, IA 50009

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UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Ankeny Medical Park

3625 North Ankeny Boulevard
Ankeny, IA 50023

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UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Ingersoll

2103 Ingersoll Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50312

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UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Merle Hay

4020 Merle Hay Road
Des Moines, IA 50310

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UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Southglen

6520 Southeast 14th Street
Des Moines, IA 50320

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UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Urbandale

5200 NW 100th Street
Urbandale, IA 50322

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Safety

Our equipment meets or exceeds FAA rules. 

Helicopter Safety

The pilot and/or flight crew controls activity around the aircraft. Always follow these rules:

  • Everyone must stay 100 feet from the aircraft.
  • Approach and depart the aircraft from the front only.
  • Do not enter or leave the rotor-arc when the helicopter is starting up.
  • No running or smoking within 50 feet of the aircraft.
  • All items within 100 feet must be secured.
  • No one is allowed into the landing zone until the aircraft is in steady flight.

Landing Zone Criteria

  • Minimum size: 100 ft. x 100 ft.
  • Clear of debris
  • Level, firm terrain with no obstructions
  • No power lines or overhead obstructions nearby
  • No vehicles or people within the zone

Landing Zone Officers

  • Assume command and secure landing zone.
  • Only one person can be in radio contact with the aircraft.
  • LifeFlight does not use 10 codes.
  • Direct pilot using directions such as north, south, east or west. Don't use road names.
  • Don't stand in the landing zone.

Night Operations

  • Don't shine lights at the helicopter.
  • Don't use cones, flares or tape to mark the site.
  • Emergency vehicles may be parked so their headlights intersect the landing site. They can also be parked beneath wires to mark them.
  • Lights may be placed onto poles showing wires between them.
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Landing Zones

Our first priority is safety. Safety for our crew, patients and those we are responding to. Please help us by always keeping safety as a priority when calling upon LifeFlight. The following information will help you establish a safe landing zone for LifeFlight.


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Ground Safety

  • Restrict access to the landing zone area and helicopter.
  • Do not approach the helicopter unless escorted by flight crew or with permission of pilot.
  • Allow the LifeFlight team to direct loading and unloading of equipment and patients at all times.
  • Secure all loose items such as hats, sheets, mattresses and supplies that could get caught in the rotor wash. Don't chase items blown towards the helicopter.
  • Protect your eyes from blowing debris during landing and take off. Wear hearing protection while near a running helicopter.
  • Do not open and close doors. The LifeFlight crew will operate all doors.
  • No smoking around the helicopter
  • LifeFlight crew will assign one ground contact person to protect the tail rotor. This person will be placed at the front of the aircraft a minimum of 50 feet away between the 3 and 9 o'clock positions in the pilot's view.

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Communication with LifeFlight

  • One pre-hospital care provider or hospital staff member would communicate directly with the LifeFlight crew member. Provide radio frequency and call sign of unit coordinating landing zone.
  • Provide LifeFlight with information that could help them identify the landing zone/accident location (i.e. direction and distance from town, major landmarks or highways). Provide GPS coordinates if available.
  • The preferred frequency is Mutual Aid or statewide ISICS.
  • At night, communicate how the landing zone is lit.
  • Communicate wind direction and location of potential obstructions/hazards (i.e. wires, trees or poles).
  • Identify any hazardous materials (petroleum, chemicals or nuclear) on scene.
  • The LifeFlight pilot will make a low reconnaissance pass before landing. Be prepared to point out landing and take off hazards and answer the pilot's questions.