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HELP part-funds Devon Community Helipad

HELP part-funds Devon Community Helipad

East Prawle will have a helipad for the Devon Air Ambulance (DAA) to use thanks to the HELP appeal and local fundraising. The Appeal donated £5,600 towards the East Prawle site, contributing to the £8,000 raised by the local community. This donation means that more of the money raised by the Prowl Fair, private donations and… Read more »

Source: HELP Appeal, 17-Jan-17

Devon Air Ambulance expanding network of night-capable helipads

Devon Air Ambulance expanding network of night-capable helipads

Budleigh Salterton Town Council was asked to consider a site in the town for the emergency vehicles to land when it’s dark. See Full Story

Source: Exmouth Journal, 01-Feb-16

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Devon Air Ambulance helps launch Master’s Degree course for Paramedic air crew

Devon Air Ambulance helps launch Master’s Degree course for Paramedic air crew

A ground-breaking collaboration between Devon Air Ambulance Trust (DAAT) and Plymouth University has resulted in a new Master’s Degree course for Paramedic air crew aimed at making them amongst the highest qualified in the profession. The first module on the MSc Pre-hospital Critical Care/Transport and Retrieval degree started in early September and over a three… Read more »

Source: DAAT, 13-Jan-16

Devon Air Ambulance gives new role to retiring 7,890 mission pilot

Devon Air Ambulance gives new role to retiring 7,890 mission pilot

The helicopter pilot who has the longest service record and the most mission flights with a single Air Ambulance charity is to use his vast accumulation of knowledge and experience to become the Safety Manager at Devon Air Ambulance Trust (DAAT). Captain Rob Mackie has flown with DAAT for 23 years recording an amazing 7890… Read more »

Source: Devon, 30-Sep-15

Army Air Corps Lynx/Dauphin pilot joins Devon Air Ambulance

Army Air Corps Lynx/Dauphin pilot joins Devon Air Ambulance

As a child, Richie Tate recalls seeing helicopters delivering hay to snowbound cattle near his South Molton home and resolving that one day he would be a helicopter pilot. He achieved his ambition by learning to fly in a 23 year army career and has now landed his dream job as a pilot with the… Read more »

Source: DAAT, 13-Aug-15

Devon Air Ambulance pilot retires after 23 years and over 7,000 missions

Devon Air Ambulance pilot retires after 23 years and over 7,000 missions

This week saw the end of an era for Devon’s Air Ambulances, with the final operational flight flown by Captain Rob Mackie, before he retires. One constant at Devon Air Ambulance (DAA) over its 23 years of operation is Rob, who has flown with the service since April 1993. He is thought to be the… Read more »

Source: Devon Air Ambulance Trust, 24-Jul-15

Devon Air Ambulance Trust wins business award

Devon Air Ambulance Trust wins business award

Trustees, staff, volunteers and supporters across Devon are celebrating after Devon Air Ambulance Trust (DAAT) was named as the PWC West of England Business of the Year with a turnover of less than £30 million at a gala dinner at Brunel’s Old Station in Bristol last night. DAAT was the first charity ever to be… Read more »

Source: DAAT, 08-Jul-15

UK – Derriford Hospital helipad officially opened

UK – Derriford Hospital helipad officially opened

Derriford Hospital celebrated the official opening of our life-saving helipad, which took place today (Friday 5 June) with its first ever landing of a Search and Rescue helicopter. Special guests attended the event, along with key members of the hospital, ambulance and building staff to celebrate the great impact that the helipad will have on… Read more »

Source: NHS, 08-Jun-15

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New Derriford Helipad Will Help Save Lives in Cornwall

New Derriford Helipad Will Help Save Lives in Cornwall

CORNWALL Air Ambulance says a new helipad to be built at Derriford Hospital will make a dramatic difference to Cornish patients. The hospital – the South West’s Major Trauma Centre – announced today that £1.7m of funding has been agreed for a purpose-built helipad, which will be in operation by Summer 2015. The announcement comes… Read more »

Source: Cornwall Air Ambulance, 24-Sep-14

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UK – Helipad at Plymouth’s Derriford Hospital unusuable at night

UK – Helipad at Plymouth’s Derriford Hospital unusuable at night

Cornwall Air Ambulance is warning it may be unable to take critically ill patients to the region’s Major Trauma Centre in the hours of darkness unless major changes are made to the hospital’s infrastructure. The charity-funded emergency helicopter will be capable of flying in the dark from January 2015. However the charity is warning current… Read more »

Source: Cornwall Air Ambulance, 16-May-14

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UK – New Exeter base for police and air ambulance helicopters

UK – New Exeter base for police and air ambulance helicopters

Devon and Cornwall Police and Devon Air Ambulance Trust have this week relocated helicopter operations to a new shared airbase at Exeter Airport. The two aircraft have been moved from the former site at Police Headquarters, Middlemoor, following the sale of land for development. The helicopters will be housed at a secure location at the… Read more »

Source: D&CC, 13-May-14

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Devon Air Ambulance awarded their own Air Operators Certificate

Devon Air Ambulance awarded their own Air Operators Certificate

This week Devon’s Air Ambulances are celebrating becoming truly independent and self-sufficient The Charity, through its operating arm Devon Air Ambulance Trading Company Limited, has been awarded their own Air Operators Certificate (AOC) from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), something the Charity have previously relied on other agencies to hold and operate on their behalf…. Read more »

Source: Devon Air Ambulance, 09-Mar-14

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UK – Devon Air Ambulance takes delivery of Eurocopter EC135P2i

UK – Devon Air Ambulance takes delivery of Eurocopter EC135P2i

Devon Air Ambulance has added a second Eurocopter EC135 to its helicopter fleet, enhancing the service provider’s own airlift capabilities and further fostering the market presence of this rotorcraft type in medical missions throughout the United Kingdom. The EC135 P2i version of Eurocopter’s twin-engine workhorse helicopter family was delivered by the Eurocopter UK subsidiary, and… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 05-Sep-13

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Eurocopter UK provides emergency services demo at air tattoo

Eurocopter UK provides emergency services demo at air tattoo

The missions of Eurocopter helicopters will have a starring role in this year’s Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) air show, demonstrating the unique capability of its rotorcraft to provide vital police, ambulance, fire and rescue support through the interoperability of equipped UK emergency services. During the RIAT event at RAF Fairford in the Cotswolds on… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 18-Jul-13

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Devon Air Ambulance responds to 20,000th mission

Devon Air Ambulance responds to 20,000th mission

Having recently completed their 20,000th mission, Devon’s two Air Ambulances have had yet another busy week. Last weekend for example the crews were called to 8 missions across the county, from Bideford to Salcombe, Newton Abbot to Wheddon Cross.  The incidents included falls from ladders, bikes and trees, a road traffic collision involving a motorcycle… Read more »

Source: Devon Air Ambulance, 15-Jul-13

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UK – Better helipad needed at Plymouth’s Derriford Hospital, says MP

UK – Better helipad needed at Plymouth’s Derriford Hospital, says MP

MP Andrew George says he’s been told that the landing and helicopter service facilities are not up to standard.  see full story

Source: Scilly Today, 15-Jun-13

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Devon Air Ambulance releases free “Locate me” iPhone App

Devon Air Ambulance releases free “Locate me” iPhone App

Imagine being miles from anywhere on deepest Dartmoor when you suddenly find yourself in the middle of a horrific accident. Now, thanks to the new Devon Air Ambulance Trust iPhone App, you can not only alert the authorities of your plight, but with the most accurate coordinates available, your chances of a speedy rescue are… Read more »

Source: Devon Air Ambulance, 28-Feb-13

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Devon Air Ambulance reassures public of continued paediatric work

Devon Air Ambulance reassures public of continued paediatric work

On Monday 4 February, during the BBC South West ‘Inside Out’ programme, there was a feature about The Air Ambulance Service’s proposed Children’s Air Ambulance service. Heléna Holt, Chief Executive of Devon Air Ambulance Trust said: “We would like to take the opportunity to reassure the people of Devon that their local Air Ambulances can… Read more »

Source: Devon Air Ambulance, 06-Feb-13

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New EC135P2e arrives in UK for Devon Air Ambulance

New EC135P2e arrives in UK for Devon Air Ambulance

A new arrival on the British aircraft register yesterday was a new Eurocopter EC135P2e for Devon Air Ambulance.  Serial 1080 has recently been completed at the Donauworth factory and is now registered as G-DAAN.  This normally signifies arrival in the UK, and the aircraft is currently registered to Eurocopter UK at Oxford,. who are doing… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Dec-12

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UK – Construction starts on Exeter operations unit for police and air ambulance

UK – Construction starts on Exeter operations unit for police and air ambulance

The Barnstaple office of Morgan Sindall has secured a £1.5 million contract to deliver new offices, welfare facilities and an aircraft hangar at Exeter Airport for Devon and Cornwall Police. The new two-storey office building will house the Air Operations Unit for Devon and Cornwall Police and Devon Air Ambulance Trust, both of which currently… Read more »

Source: Morgan Sindall, 10-Oct-12

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Devon Air Ambulance on Sky1 from 8 July for 12 weeks

Devon Air Ambulance on Sky1 from 8 July for 12 weeks

Angela Griffin returns to Sky1 and Sky1 HD with the second series of the hit action-packed documentary series “Emergency with Angela Griffin”.  This time, however, the Devon Air Ambulance service features in seven out of the twelve episodes with Angela flying alongside the crew. Over 12 busy weeks, Angela spent many shifts with the Devon… Read more »

Source: Devon Air Ambulance, 05-Jul-12

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Devon Air Ambulance launches personalised greetings card website

Devon Air Ambulance launches personalised greetings card website

Devon Air Ambulance Trust is delighted to officially launch its very own online personalised greeting cards site. The site, which can be reached on www.daat.org enables supporters to buy greeting cards online, and have them sent to their home or to their chosen recipient at a cost of just £2.99 plus postage.  Of the £2.99,… Read more »

Source: Devon Air Ambulance, 07-Mar-12

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Devon Police and Ambulance helicopters to move

Devon Police and Ambulance helicopters to move

Devon and Cornwall Police, together with Devon Air Ambulance, are to move their joint base to Exeter Airport.  Currently based on the Police HQ at Middlemoor, only a couple of miles away, the change of location is expected to bring the Police a windfall of millions of pounds through the redevelopment of the current site…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Sep-11

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Devon Air Ambulance change engine supplier with new EC135 order

Devon Air Ambulance change engine supplier with new EC135 order

Devon Air Ambulance “DAA”, which runs the EMS coverage in UK’s county of Devon, was one of the earliest to take to the air in the UK nad has been one of the most successful too.  DAA currently operate two EC135s, a 2003-build EC135T2 leased from Bond Air Services and a newer EC135T2+ which the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Jun-11

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Rising fuel prices increasing the strain on air ambulances in Devon and Cornwall

Rising fuel prices increasing the strain on air ambulances in Devon and Cornwall

Escalating oil prices are putting South West air ambulances under increasing pressure and could cost lives as aviation fuel costs hit the half-million pound mark for the first time.  Both operators fly the EC135, with Cornwall having one and Devon two.

06-Mar-11

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London’s Air Ambulance rescued by Banco Santander?

London’s Air Ambulance rescued by Banco Santander?

London’s Air Ambulance (“LAA”) has announced that it has secured financing on its MD Explorer helicopter for the next seven years.  The deal, financed through Santander Corporate Banking, and with the support of Virgin Group, will enable the Charity to concentrate its efforts on continuing to develop its service.  It has also appointed Banco Santander… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Feb-11

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Devon Air Ambulance celebrates 16,000 missions

Devon Air Ambulance celebrates 16,000 missions

Devon Air Ambulance is celebrating flying its 16,000th mission across the county. The rescue helicopter was called to Broadwoodkelly at about 1120 BST on Saturday to rescue a lady who had fallen and required hospital treatment.

Source: BBC, 25-May-10

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Devon Air Ambulance Trust officially opens Steve Ford Airbase

Devon Air Ambulance Trust officially opens Steve Ford Airbase

The new Devon Air Ambulance Trust ‘Steve Ford’ Airbase at Eaglescott Airfield, Umberleigh opens its hangar doors for the first time on Thursday 21st January, when it will be officially opened by BBC Radio Devon presenter Judi Spiers.  Judi will be joined by the family of pilot Steve Ford, who the base is named after. … Read more »

Source: Devon Air Ambulance, 26-Jan-10

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UK EMS operator issues warning about Children’s Air Ambulance Trust relaunch

Helena Holt, the chief executive of the Devon Air Ambulance Trust has hit out at the  Children’s Air Ambulance  Trust, disputing many of its  claims and its financial capabilities.

Source: Express & Echo, 09-Dec-09

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North Devon air ambulance base is taking shape

North Devon air ambulance base is taking shape

DEVON Air Ambulance will soon have a purpose-built second airbase at Eaglescott Airfield in North Devon.  Having worked from a portable building for the past four years, the crew are looking forward to spending the remainder of the winter in their new warm and dry base, due for completion around Christmas.

Source: Devon 24, 05-Nov-09

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999 – Emergency Day for Devon Air Ambulance

999 – Emergency Day for Devon Air Ambulance

Heléna Holt, chief executive of the Devon Air Ambulance Trust said: “We realised at the beginning of the year that this special date was one that it was important to keep in our diary”.

Source: Devon Air Ambulance, 08-Sep-09

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Devon Air Ambulance Paramedic Flies 1000th Mission

Source: Devon Air Ambulance, 04-Mar-09

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