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Wiltshire Air Ambulance receives £250,000 donation for new airbase

Wiltshire Air Ambulance receives £250,000 donation for new airbase

WILTSHIRE Air Ambulance’s major fundraising appeal for its new airbase is to receive a significant donation of £250,000. The funding is for the helipad and associated costs at the charity’s new airbase at Outmarsh Farm, Semington, near Melksham, and has been given by the HELP (Helicopter Emergency Landing Pads) Appeal. The HELP Appeal is the… Read more »

Source: Wiltshire Air Ambulance, 21-Feb-17

Fund Wiltshire Air Ambulance new airbase by joining the 100 Club

Fund Wiltshire Air Ambulance new airbase by joining the 100 Club

WILTSHIRE Air Ambulance is calling on businesses to get onboard its major fundraising appeal for its new airbase at Semington, near Melksham, by joining The 100 Club. The charity has a strong track record working with businesses who raise money towards the day to day costs of its lifesaving service. It has now created The… Read more »

Source: Wiltshire Air Ambulance, 01-Feb-17

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WAA has been awarded £1 million towards its new airbase

WAA has been awarded £1 million towards its new airbase

Wiltshire Air Ambulance (WAA) has been awarded £1 million towards its new airbase. The £1 million is from the LIBOR fund and was announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Rt Hon Philip Hammond, during the Autumn Statement in the House of Commons today (23 November 2016). The LIBOR fund is monies from fines… Read more »

Source: Wiltshire Air Ambulance, 24-Nov-16

Wiltshire Air Ambulance passes £1 Million lottery milestone

Wiltshire Air Ambulance passes £1 Million lottery milestone

Wiltshire Air Ambulance’s Lottery and Superdraw have achieved a major milestone – by generating £1 million in income. In addition, the number of people playing the charity’s award-winning lotteries – just over 35,500 – is an all-time high. As well as raising money to keep the charity’s helicopter flying and saving lives, members who play… Read more »

Source: Wiltshire Air Ambulance, 12-Nov-16

Outline permission granted for new Wiltshire Air Ambulance HQ

Outline permission granted for new Wiltshire Air Ambulance HQ

AN Outline Planning Application to build a new home for Wiltshire Air Ambulance (WAA) has been granted by Wiltshire Council. The new home, on land at Outmarsh Farm, Semington, near Melksham, will bring together WAA’s helicopter, aircrew and charity team onto one site for the first time. The Outline Planning Application received no objections. The… Read more »

Source: WAA, 17-Feb-16

Wiltshire Air Ambulance completes first year with its Bell 429

Wiltshire Air Ambulance completes first year with its Bell 429

Britain’s Wiltshire Air Ambulance (WAA) has marked the completion of its first year operating as a stand-alone service, which has seen a 10.4% increase in missions.  The WAA helicopter was called out to 537 incidents between 9th January 2015 and 8th January 2016, up from a total of 486 in calendar year 2014.  Prior to… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Jan-16

Wiltshire Air Ambulance raises call-out volumes

Wiltshire Air Ambulance raises call-out volumes

There has been an increase in the number of calls-outs by Wiltshire Air Ambulance in the last year following the introduction of a new helicopter.See full story.

Source: Swindon Advertiser, 07-Jan-16

Wiltshire Air Ambulance submits outline plans for new base

Wiltshire Air Ambulance submits outline plans for new base

Wiltshire Air Ambulance (WAA) is progressing its plans to move onto a single base from where both helicopter operations and all charity functions can be run.  WAA has confirmed they have  submitted an Outline Planning Application to Wiltshire Council for its proposals at a 12.6 acre (5.1 hectare) site on land at Outmarsh Farm, Semington,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 25-Nov-15

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Wiltshire Air Ambulance now routinely carries blood

Wiltshire Air Ambulance now routinely carries blood

PRE-hospital blood transfusions can now be given to patients treated by Wiltshire Air Ambulance’s Critical Care Paramedics. On August 17 2015 Wiltshire Air Ambulance (WAA) began carrying blood on the helicopter and rapid response vehicle, which will benefit seriously ill and injured patients in need of emergency blood transfusion. The charity has teamed up with… Read more »

Source: Wiltshire Air Ambulance, 03-Sep-15

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Public consultation held for proposed new Wiltshire Air Ambulance base

Public consultation held for proposed new Wiltshire Air Ambulance base

WILTSHIRE Air Ambulance (WAA) held a public consultation event yesterday (Wednesday August 12th) for local residents and businesses to find out about its proposed new home to base the charity’s helicopter, aircrew and office staff. The charity has been searching for a site for its new home for over a year and its preferred location… Read more »

Source: WAA, 14-Aug-15

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Wiltshire Air Ambulance reveals preferred site for new base

Wiltshire Air Ambulance reveals preferred site for new base

Wiltshire Air Ambulance may have found a new base in the county after a year-long search. See Full Story.  

Source: Gazette & Herald, 06-Aug-15

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Wiltshire Air Ambulance celebrates 25 years

Wiltshire Air Ambulance celebrates 25 years

The Duchess of Cornwall, patron of the Wiltshire Air Ambulance Charitable Trust, hosted a reception at Highgrove House to mark the 25th anniversary of the air ambulance. See Full Story  

Source: Swindon Advertiser, 22-May-15

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Wiltshire Air Ambulance – Saving Lives For 25 Years

Wiltshire Air Ambulance – Saving Lives For 25 Years

Wiltshire Air Ambulance (WAA) hosted a special get together of patients it has airlifted since it started operating on March 15 1990. The service has saved countless lives during its 25 years and has carried out almost 15,000 missions. To mark the service’s Silver Jubilee the charity invited past patients to visit the helicopter’s base… Read more »

Source: WAA, 20-Mar-15

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Heli Charter appoint new Group Chief Pilot, responsibility includes Wiltshire Air Ambulance

Heli Charter appoint new Group Chief Pilot, responsibility includes Wiltshire Air Ambulance

Pilot Steven Judd, who will oversee the operation of Wiltshire Air Ambulance’s pioneering new helicopter, says he is joining at an exciting time in the charity’s history. The charity’s new helicopter is the first Bell 429 to operate as an air ambulance in the UK. It leases the helicopter from Heli Charter and Steven has… Read more »

Source: Wiltshire Air Ambulance, 04-Feb-15

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Wiltshire Air Ambulance gets approval to fly Bell 429

Wiltshire Air Ambulance gets approval to fly Bell 429

Wiltshire Air Ambulance (WAA) is pleased to announce that its new helicopter will begin operating on January 9th 2015. The charity was given the go-ahead for the helicopter, a Bell 429, to undertake Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) missions following a visit by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) today (January 8). The Bell 429 is… Read more »

Source: WAA, 08-Jan-15

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Heli Charter not ready for 1st January start with Wiltshire Bell 429

Heli Charter not ready for 1st January start with Wiltshire Bell 429

Wiltshire Air Ambulance should start operating their new Bell 429 on 1st January, and their recent press release which stated “a delay of a week or so while we enhance our safety training on the Bell 429 and satisfy the Civil Aviation Authority of our mission readiness” was indeed very carefully worded.  For some non-aviation… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Dec-14

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Wiltshire Air Ambulance launches Bell 429 to the community

Wiltshire Air Ambulance launches Bell 429 to the community

All air ambulance helicopters in England and Wales are funded by charitable contribution, and the launch of Britain’s first Bell 429 featured no shortage of important people from the county of Wiltshire. Dignitaries included no fewer than ten mayors from various towns and Sarah Troughton, Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire, the Queen’s official representative in the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Oct-14

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Chief pilot for new air ambulance helicopter announced

Chief pilot for new air ambulance helicopter announced

Wiltshire Air Ambulance has announced that George Lawrence will be the Unit Chief Pilot of the new Bell 429 helicopter which starts operating on January 1. See Full Story

Source: Gazette & Herald, 17-Oct-14

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Bell Delivers First UK HEMS 429 at Helitech

Bell Delivers First UK HEMS 429 at Helitech

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), will showcase Wiltshire Air Ambulance Charitable Trust’s (WAACT) Bell 429 at Helitech International in Amsterdam from October 14-16. After delivery, the aircraft will become the first Bell 429 in the United Kingdom used for Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS). Additionally, this year, Bell Helicopter is also celebrating… Read more »

Source: Bell, 14-Oct-14

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Wiltshire Air Ambulance Bell 429 flying in UK, ready for Helitech

Wiltshire Air Ambulance Bell 429 flying in UK, ready for Helitech

For almost ten years, the British county of Wiltshire has been host to an MD Explorer jointly operated by the Police and Air Ambulance – a relatively unusual British aviation industry phenomenon with a Governmental organisation working hand-in-hand with a charity.  This arrangement draws to a close at the end of November, with the aircraft… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Oct-14

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New chairman of trustees at Wiltshire Air Ambulance

New chairman of trustees at Wiltshire Air Ambulance

Mandy Clarke is the new chairman of Wiltshire Air Ambulance Charitable Trust’s board of trustees. See Full Story

Source: This is Wiltshire, 10-Oct-14

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Wiltshire Air Ambulance appoints aviation expert

Wiltshire Air Ambulance appoints aviation expert

An Internationally recognised Aviation experts has recently joined Wiltshire Air Ambulance (WAA) to oversee the charity’s transition from its current collaborative partnership with Wiltshire Police to a completely separate and independent Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) provider at the end of this year. Giorgio Bendoni joined WAA in May as Bell 429 Program Co-ordinator to… Read more »

Source: Wiltshire Air Ambulance, 01-Jul-14

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Wiltshire Air Ambulance to remain in Devizes

Wiltshire Air Ambulance to remain in Devizes

Wiltshire Air Ambulance are preparing to sign a five year lease allowing them to continue to operate from Wiltshire Police HQ at Devizes.  See full story

Source: Swindon Advertiser, 11-Jun-14

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UK – Wiltshire Air Ambulance starts search for new base

UK – Wiltshire Air Ambulance starts search for new base

Wiltshire Air Ambulance has told the residents of the British county it represents that it is actively on the look-out for a new base.  From when they launched operations through to the end of November 2014, Wiltshire Air Ambulance has been a joint operation with Wiltshire Police in which the law enforcement unit owned and operated… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Feb-14

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Wiltshire Air Ambulance contracts for first EMS Bell 429 in UK

Wiltshire Air Ambulance contracts for first EMS Bell 429 in UK

Wiltshire Air Ambulance Charitable Trust (WAACT) today (7th January 2014) signed a 10-year contract in Swindon with Heli Charter Ltd for a new helicopter, which will come into service at the end of the year, when the lease on the current 12 year old aircraft expires. After a great deal of deliberation over the last… Read more »

Source: Heli Charter, 07-Jan-14

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UK – Wiltshire Air Ambulance adds medical director

UK – Wiltshire Air Ambulance adds medical director

Wiltshire Air Ambulance charity has secured the services of Dr Rod Mackenzie as its medical director.  Dr Mackenzie is a consultant in emergency medicine and pre-hospital emergency medicine at Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge. His role with Wiltshire Air Ambulance is unpaid. (see full story)

Source: Swindon Advertiser, 21-Apr-12

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Problems ahead for Wiltshire Police/Ambulance joint operation?

Problems ahead for Wiltshire Police/Ambulance joint operation?

Wiltshire Police operate an MD902 Explorer throughout their county for law enforcement operations.  They also operate it on a contract with the Great Western Ambulance Service to make the aircraft more cost effective by virtue of more flying hours per year – it currently flies around 600 hours per year, roughly half the UK average… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 31-Jan-12

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Laser forces EMS pilot to abort landing; Patient dies

Laser forces EMS pilot to abort landing; Patient dies

The Wiltshire Air Ambulance was stopped from taking a dying man to hospital after laser pens were shone at the pilot as he tried to land.  The man later died on the way to hospital in a road ambulance, although there are no details on the medical state of the patient to know whether or… Read more »

Source: BBC, 12-Sep-11

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Wiltshire Air Ambulance flies away with prize

Wiltshire Air Ambulance paramedic, Bruce Jarvis, paid a flying visit to NatWest’s Chippenham branch today to collect £3000, after the charity was announced as the winner of a NatWest Community Fund award In August NatWest launched a new fund, as part of its customer charter, to support local charities and projects, and invited customers and… Read more »

Source: NatWest, 14-Mar-11

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Wiltshire Air Ambulance appoints new chairman

Wiltshire Air Ambulance appoints new chairman

An air ambulance expert has been named the new chairman of the Wiltshire Air Ambulance Appeal.  David Philpott, 52, the founding chairman of the Association of Air Ambulances, takes up his post today, 1st July.

Source: Salisbury Journal, 01-Jul-10

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Wiltshire Air Ambulance to mark 20th birthday in high style

A ball to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Wiltshire Air Ambulance is being held on March 27.

Source: This is Wiltshire, 11-Feb-10

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Duchess of Cornwall becomes patron of Wiltshire Air Ambulance

The Duchess of Cornwall’s first act as patron of the Wiltshire Air Ambulance Appeal was to draw the first numbers in the charity’s fundraising lottery.

Source: Wiltshire Times, 18-Sep-09

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