Homeland Security Company Hopes For Helicopter Pad, Improved Facility in Carmel
CARMEL, N.Y.— Paladin Group, a privately owned and operated homeland security training center, is hoping to add a helicopter pad and an improved training facility at its location at 39 Seminary Hill Road in Carmel.
The group pitched its plans to the Carmel planning board Wednesday night and although most of the board was in favor of what Paladin was proposing, it decided that it needed more information about the project in order to declare a lead agency.
Paladin representatives insist that in the event of a natural disaster or man-made disaster, it is imperative to have a local helicopter pad other than the one at the hospital.
“Unfortunately, whenever that pad is going to be used it will be during the worst possible time is somebody’s life,” said Paladin President and CEO. “When a person has suffered such a traumatic injury that they need that type of a transport where it’s not a matter of hours, but minutes, that’s a critical need.”
Carcano also said that aerial assets would greatly speed up recovery and restoration process of the county in case of a natural disaster.
The group would like to offer extensive training programs for Putnam County first responders and is asking the planning board to grant it the ability to do so.
“The fact of the matter is that a homeland security starts with a strong community,” Carcano said. “What makes us different from federal agencies is our approach. We don’t have any bias toward local, state, federal; we look at the whole mix because we understand that in any natural or man-made disasters the first person there and the last person there is always going to be the local citizen.”
“What we’re trying to do is provide the facility for that talent for the transfer of information and knowledge,” he continued.
Paladin representatives also said that their goal is to prepare those who protect us and to provide resources and support to train all levels of first responders including police, EMTs, firefighters and utility workers.