National Ambulance Service (NAS) launched the Emergency Aeromedical Service (EAS), which is in Custume Barracks, Athlone, Co. Westmeath. The service, a joint project between the Department of Health, the HSE and the Defence Forces, means that National Ambulance Service advanced paramedics now have the assistance of a dedicated military helicopter for the rapid transfer of critical patients to the most appropriate hospital.
Initially set up in 2012 for a 12- month trial period, the aim was to assess the level and type of dedicated Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) required in Ireland in light of recent closures of regional facilities such as Roscommon Hospital. Since its inception, it has become a vital asset in terms of critical pre-hospital care and has recently airlifted its 3000th patient.
An EAS helicopter crew consists of both Defence Forces personnel and a NAS advanced paramedic, remaining on immediate call to the National Aeromedical Co-Ordination Centre (NACC) seven days a week, 365 days a year.
Known by its callsign “Aircorps112” reflecting its military and medical nature, #112 highlights the standard European emergency contact number. “AirCorps112” is an AW139 twin‐engine, multi‐role helicopter, flown with a crew of two pilots and a crewman. When configured for Emergency Aeromedical Service, it can accommodate an array of medical equipment, including oxygen, suction and defibrillator, several attending medics and a patient.
The AW139 is the fastest helicopter in its class, capable of travelling at 315 kilometres per hour, allowing “AirCorps112” to reach anywhere in the country, and deliver patients to an appropriate hospital in minutes.
- Spanish operator Helity adds new scheduled route
- THC wins AW139 contract from Red Sea Development Company
- Russia to open military office in Serbia
- US DoD picks Sea Machines for autonomous VTOL replenishment vessels
- Taiwan Police seize unregistered Robinson R22
- Blackjacks test MV-22s on LPD-class ship
- Genesys Aerosystem’s Modernized Avionics Suite on Black Hawks Now Certified
- Trinidad & Tobago Air Guard to reactivate one of four AW139s
- ATSB reminds pilots of Low Rotor RPM response time
- Former Bristow Nigeria employees in court on parts theft charges
- Ace Aeronautics opens paint booth and media blast facility
- Uber Elevate teams with GE Aviation for flight data monitoring
- BAC Helicopters helps fight locust swarms in Kenya
- Astronautics RoadRunner EFI installed in Santa Barbara County Black Hawk
- Boost Systems improves HEC Suspension Line System
- Deadline to Apply for WAI Scholarships Here
- New-generation Euroflir410 selected for NH90 TFRA & Special forces
- Leonardo demonstrates helicopter-UAV teaming in the UK with its AW159 Wildcat
- 21-Oct-20 N716VL Bell 206B Jones Inlet, US-New York
- Starspeed to manage two H145s on new polar vessel Ultramarine