details the facilities available for rendering assistance in Antarctica
including medical, transport services and emergency shelters.
During the winter-over period there is a
six-bed medical and dental facility with 1 doctor and 2 medical
assistants. These personnel
are augmented with up to 12 emergency medical technicians assigned to
the Fire Department. During
the summer this facility is staffed with 2 physicians, 2 physicians’
assistants or nurse practitioners, 1 dentist and dental assistant, 1
radiographic technician, 1 laboratory technician, 1 physical therapist,
and 4 emergency medical responders.
These personnel are augmented with up to 40 emergency medical
technicians assigned to the Fire Department.
From October to mid-December,
airlift from McMurdo to Christchurch via C-5, C-141, and C-130 aircraft
is available. From
mid-December to mid-February, airlift by LC-130 aircraft is available. Possibility of transport via
surface when available (see Section II for dates available).
Over 90 covered structures are
available at McMurdo Station.
Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station
1 civilian doctor is on-station at South
Pole year round.
LC-130 aircraft are
available only on call from McMurdo Station from November to
South Pole Station consists of three
buildings under a geodesic dome adjoined and connected to a series of
four arches also containing buildings.
1 civilian doctor is on-station at Palmer
Station year round.
The R/V LAURENCE M. GOULD is the primary
means of transport to and from Palmer Station. In extreme circumstances, Twin
Otter landings are possible on the glacier behind the station.
Two buildings comprise the available
shelter at Palmer Station.
Marble Point Camp
Helicopter support from McMurdo Station
is available (weather dependent).
Three structures comprise Marble
Point Camp with two structures for berthing up to six persons, and one
that houses a generator and workshop.