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Air Methods reopens seasonal Air Idaho Rescue Base

Air Methods reopens seasonal Air Idaho Rescue Base

16-Apr-2021Source: Air Methods

Our subsidiary, Air Idaho Rescue, has reopened its West Yellowstone seasonal air medical base serving the greater Yellowstone region. In conjunction with Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center (EIRMC), the Air Idaho Rescue base extends care to Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, the Gallatin National Forest, and the Madison River valley. The base officially... Read more

Babcock considers selling aerial emergency services businesses

Babcock considers selling aerial emergency services businesses

14-Apr-2021

In a detailed press release under the brief title of “Business Update”, Babcock International Group not only reaffirmed the sale of their offshore business, but also indicated that all aerial emergency services businesses are under review.  The company admitted that the Avincis acquisition in 2014 has not delivered shareholder value with low returns on high... Read more

New helipad launched at Royal Infirmary Edinburgh

New helipad launched at Royal Infirmary Edinburgh

13-Apr-2021Source: HELP Appeal

NHS Lothian and the HELP Appeal are celebrating an important milestone as the new helipad located at the Royal Hospital for Children and Young People and the Department of Clinical Neuroscience (RHCYP/DCN) officially opens. The helipad, located above the fourth floor of the RHCYP/DCN will serve both the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and the RHCYP/DCN... Read more

Canadian military picks Centum’s Lifeseeker SAR tech

Canadian military picks Centum’s Lifeseeker SAR tech

13-Apr-2021Source: Centum

CENTUM has announced that the Canadian Department of National Defence (DND) has selected Lifeseeker for Royal Canadian Air Force Search and Rescue operations. It is a central part of the Canadian Cellular Airborne Sensor Search and Rescue (CASSAR) project. The DND joins other search and rescue teams across the world who are already using Lifeseeker.Lifeseeker... Read more

Surf Life Saving Queensland upgrades Carrara base from Bo105 to EC135

Surf Life Saving Queensland upgrades Carrara base from Bo105 to EC135

12-Apr-2021Source: Surf Life Saving Queensland

Surf Life Saving Queensland’s rescue service has been bolstered by the addition of a new Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter, Lifesaver 46, which will start patrolling in time for school holidays. The new helicopter was unveiled at the Carrara hangar earlier today and replaces the B0105 that has been servicing South East Queensland since 2012. Lifesaver... Read more

Great North Air Ambulance appoints new CEO

Great North Air Ambulance appoints new CEO

12-Apr-2021Source: Great North Air Ambulance Service

David Stockton brings decades of experience in the commercial sector to the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS). Prior to arriving at GNAAS, the 49-year-old ran his own businesses, focussing primarily on healthcare and retail in the Teesside and Tyneside areas. Recently, he also spent five years working at board level within a multi-billion pound... Read more

Florida – new helipad at Fawcett Memorial Hospital

Florida – new helipad at Fawcett Memorial Hospital

9-Apr-2021Source: Fawcett Memorial Hospital

Faster access to life-saving medical care is now available at Fawcett Memorial Hospital with the opening of a new helipad. Located on the 4th floor of Fawcett Memorial Hospital’s parking garage, medical transport helicopters can now land on the helipad where the hospital’s emergency medical team will be waiting to receive the patient. “The new... Read more

Northland Emergency Services Trust plans base move due to expansion

Northland Emergency Services Trust plans base move due to expansion

8-Apr-2021

New Zealand EMS operator Northland Emergency Services Trust (“NEST”) is planning to move to a new base due to expansion.  The organisation has provided this statement from CEO Craig Gibbons to HeliHub.com The Northland Emergency Services Trust Board of Trustees have long been aware of the limitations that the Kensington base has on operations. For... Read more

Bell delivers first 505 to Uganda

Bell delivers first 505 to Uganda

8-Apr-2021Source: Bell

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced the delivery of a Bell 505 helicopter equipped with the Med-Pac Inc. LLC Emergency Medical Services Lite Interior to BAR Aviation. This marks the first Bell 505 in Uganda and the first Bell 505 designed to complete medical evacuation (medevac) missions in Africa. “We are... Read more

East Anglian Air Ambulance appoints new CEO

East Anglian Air Ambulance appoints new CEO

8-Apr-2021Source: East Anglian Air Ambulance

East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) has announced that its CEO, Patrick Peal, will be retiring from the charity in June after seven years in the role. EAAA’s Director of Operations Matthew Jones has been appointed as Patrick’s successor and will take the reins at the end of June. Patrick played an integral part in setting... Read more

Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance receives keys to new HQ

Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance receives keys to new HQ

8-Apr-2021Source: HELP Appeal

The Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance (LNAA) has taken possession of its new Headquarters based on A15 Sleaford Road, next to RAF Waddington. The new purpose-built home, which will see staff, crew, helicopter and Critical Care Cars under one roof for the very first time, will provide a unique opportunity for the charity to welcome... Read more

SCAA paramedics interviewed on how COVID restricts their work

SCAA paramedics interviewed on how COVID restricts their work

8-Apr-2021Source: The Press and Journal

Helimed 79 and its crew took up operations from Aberdeen airport on April 3, 2020 – less than a fortnight after the UK-wide coronavirus lockdown was introduced. It left Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance’s (Scaa) new team isolated in their hangar as only essential personnel were allowed entry. See Full Story.... Read more

USS Carl Vinson Conducts First CMV-22B Osprey Medevac Exercise

USS Carl Vinson Conducts First CMV-22B Osprey Medevac Exercise

7-Apr-2021Source: USS Carl Vinson

Sailors assigned to Nimitz-class nuclear aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) Two conducted the Navy’s first medical evacuation (medevac) exercise utilizing the CMV-22B Osprey, Feb. 22. During the evolution, a simulated patient was transported by the ship’s medical team to a CMV-22B Osprey from the “Titans” of Fleet Logistics... Read more

Airbus bids H175 for NYPD two-ship SAR requirement

Airbus bids H175 for NYPD two-ship SAR requirement

6-Apr-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters, Inc. has submitted a bid to the New York Police Department (NYPD)’s request for proposal for two new helicopters to partially replace their aging fleet of rotorcraft. Airbus is prepared to equip the New York Police Department with high-tech, high-performance search and rescue H175 helicopters. “Airbus is honored to have the opportunity to... Read more

Spectrum Aeromed outfits Bell 407 for Haiti

Spectrum Aeromed outfits Bell 407 for Haiti

6-Apr-2021Source: Spectrum Aeromed

Spectrum Aeromed recently completed a project with Haiti Air Ambulance, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing emergency helicopter services to the people and visitors of Haiti. Contracted through PAC International, Spectrum Aeromed outfitted the interior of a Bell 407 aircraft with a patient stretcher and base assembly and medical floor. The project was completed... Read more

London Air Ambulance building own app

London Air Ambulance building own app

5-Apr-2021Source: London’s Air Ambulance Charity

London’s Air Ambulance Charity cares for the 10 million people living and working within the M25. The charity deals in life and death situations, helping patients in need of urgent emergency treatment. When an emergency call comes in, London’s Air Ambulance medics must be ready to go – and so must their equipment. Ensuring medics... Read more

Air Ambulance NI announce sponsorship deal with ABP

Air Ambulance NI announce sponsorship deal with ABP

5-Apr-2021Source: Air Ambulance Northern Island

ABP has entered into a new 5-year sponsorship partnership with Air Ambulance NI. In a first-of-its-kind branding agreement for Air Ambulance NI, the ABP logo is now displayed on the charity’s helicopters. The charity, along with partners at Northern Ireland Ambulance Service, provides the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) for Northern Ireland. The HEMS team... Read more

93 years after starting, fixed wing operator adds helicopters

93 years after starting, fixed wing operator adds helicopters

5-Apr-2021Source: Flying Doctor

Royal Flying Doctor Service (Western Operations) Board Chair, Mr Sam Walsh AO has announced that two helicopters will join our fleet in an Australian first for the RFDS. This exciting expansion of our service will give RFDS crews greater flexibility and capability to respond quickly to each patient’s inter-hospital transfer needs with the most appropriate... Read more

Opinion – UK HEMS industry faces key operational changes

Opinion – UK HEMS industry faces key operational changes

30-Mar-2021

Now, more than ever, UK HEMS charities are scrutinising their operations and we are likely to see a continued steady move from contracting with commercial helicopter operators to managing the operation in-house. Air ambulance charities have now been established in the UK for over thirty years. Nearly all of them originally developed around a three-way... Read more

Devon Air Ambulance to add six new community landing sites

Devon Air Ambulance to add six new community landing sites

29-Mar-2021Source: Devon Air Ambulance

A new partnership project between Devon Air Ambulance and Torbay Council is set to establish six additional ‘community landing sites’ across Torbay which will help patients facing life-changing or life-threatening injuries and illnesses. These surveyed floodlit sites will enable Devon Air Ambulance to land in the heart of Torbay’s communities during the ‘hours of darkness’... Read more

Air Ambulance Northern Ireland gets £1 Million boost

Air Ambulance Northern Ireland gets £1 Million boost

29-Mar-2021Source: Air Ambulance Northern Ireland

Health Minister Robin Swann has announced £1 million funding for Air Ambulance Northern Ireland. Making the announcement, Minister Swann said: “Since this service was launched over three and a half years ago, it has become a critical component of the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service’s emergency response. “Many people who have had life-changing injuries, and whose... Read more

London Luton Airport staff to support East Anglian Air Ambulance

London Luton Airport staff to support East Anglian Air Ambulance

26-Mar-2021Source: EAAA

We’re excited to announce a brand new charity partnership in Bedfordshire. Staff at London Luton Airport have chosen to support EAAA over the next three years, alongside Luton Foodbank. As well as fundraising support, we will also benefit from free refuelling and waived landing fees as and when one of our helicopters needs to land at the airport.... Read more

Aspirus MedEvac Helicopter to Change Home Base

Aspirus MedEvac Helicopter to Change Home Base

25-Mar-2021Source: Aspirus MedEvac

Aspirus MedEvac critical care transport in early April is moving the home location of its helicopter service from Wausau to Woodruff, Wisconsin. The Aspirus Bell 407 helicopter will reside in a hangar located at Howard Young Medical Center. Around 90 percent of patient volumes come from north of Aspirus Wausau Hospital (AWH),” said Jason Keffeler,... Read more

London’s Air Ambulance PRU shortlisted for award

London’s Air Ambulance PRU shortlisted for award

24-Mar-2021Source: London Air Ambulance

We are delighted to announce that our Physician Response Unit (PRU) has been shortlisted for Urgent and Emergency Care Initiative of the Year at the HSJ Value Awards 2021. This recognises the outstanding dedication the PRU has given to making things better across their organisation during an extremely challenging year for the NHS. The judging... Read more

Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance receives £200K donation

Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance receives £200K donation

23-Mar-2021Source: Scotland's Charity Air Ambulance

Players of People’s Postcode Lottery have helped fund over 300 time-critical missions for Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance. SCAA has been supported by a total of £750,000 thanks to players in recent years. And, with an average mission costing £2,500, players of the popular lottery have helped save and improve hundreds of lives throughout Scotland. People’s Postcode... Read more

Airbus delivers seventh H145 for the German Armed Forces’ SAR service

Airbus delivers seventh H145 for the German Armed Forces’ SAR service

22-Mar-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters has handed over the seventh and last H145 for the search and rescue (SAR) service of the Bundeswehr to the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) on time. The previously delivered helicopters are used for training and field testing and are available 24/7 at the Niederstetten and Nörvenich... Read more

Municipal Hail makes second $1M gift to STARS

Municipal Hail makes second $1M gift to STARS

22-Mar-2021Source: STARS

History repeated itself last week when Saskatchewan Municipal Hail Insurance (SMHI) announced a second gift of $1 million to support the missions of STARS air ambulance in the province. The announcement was made during the virtual annual convention of the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities – the same venue in which the producer led, Saskatchewan-based... Read more

Christoph Regensburg flies with blood and plasma reserves

Christoph Regensburg flies with blood and plasma reserves

22-Mar-2021Source: DRF Luftrettung

From March 1st, the rescue helicopter “Christoph Regensburg”, located at the University Clinic Regensburg (UKR), will in future always carry blood and plasma reserves with him in order to be able to help patients in critical condition even better, and above all earlier . The importance of quick provision in an emergency becomes particularly clear in... Read more

Crescent Point Energy makes new $1.5M donation to STARS

Crescent Point Energy makes new $1.5M donation to STARS

18-Mar-2021Source: STARS

STARS’ critical care operations have been given a significant lift, thanks to a recent gift of $1.5 million from Calgary-based oil producer Crescent Point Energy. The announcement was made online at the PSAC STARS and Spurs Safe@Home Gala on Feb. 27 and renews a partnership between Crescent Point and STARS that began nearly ten years... Read more

10th AW101 AWSAR successfully delivered to Norway

10th AW101 AWSAR successfully delivered to Norway

16-Mar-2021Source: Leonardo

Despite the challenges posed by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, Leonardo has successfully delivered the tenth AW101 All-Weather Search and Rescue (AWSAR) helicopter to the Norwegian Ministry of Justice and Public Security. The remaining six aircraft out of 16 are currently being assembled, integrated and tested at Leonardo’s site in Yeovil, UK. The 330 squadron of... Read more

Worcestershire Royal Hospital redevelopment includes new helipad

Worcestershire Royal Hospital redevelopment includes new helipad

15-Mar-2021Source: NHS

Plans to transform urgent and emergency care services at Worcestershire Royal Hospital could see a relocation and expansion of the hospital’s Emergency Department and the creation of an ‘emergency village’ hosting a wide range of diagnostic and treatment services. The plans are being drawn up following the offer of an additional £15 million central funding... Read more

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance to hold virtual Air Base tour

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance to hold virtual Air Base tour

15-Mar-2021Source: Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance is offering members of the public a behind the scenes tour of its Airbase, followed by a Q&A session on Tuesday 23rd March at 2pm. Supporters and newcomers to the Charity will have the opportunity to engage in a live Q&A session with one of the Charity’s HEMS... Read more

East Anglian Air Ambulance starts using handheld ultrasound device

East Anglian Air Ambulance starts using handheld ultrasound device

15-Mar-2021Source: East Anglian Air Ambulance

East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) is now using an innovative handheld ultrasound device, the Butterfly iQTM, on every mission following a successful trial, meaning scans can be done mid-air and information quickly relayed to emergency teams on standby, speeding up treatments. The smartphone-connected, point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) device can look deep within internal organs for signs of... Read more

Work Begins On Midlands Air Ambulance New Airbase and Headquarters

Work Begins On Midlands Air Ambulance New Airbase and Headquarters

12-Mar-2021Source: Midlands Air Ambulance

Wednesday 3rd March was a momentous day for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, as the first spade entered the ground to mark the start in construction of our new airbase and charity headquarters on the Shropshire/Staffordshire border. The turf cutting event, in partnership with main contractor, Morris Property, signified the steps being taken to future-proof the... Read more

Air Ambulance launches new helicopter fleet

Air Ambulance launches new helicopter fleet

12-Mar-2021Source: The Air Ambulance Service

The critical, lifesaving work of The Air Ambulance Service (TAAS) will be enhanced through the launch of two new, state-of-the-art helicopters that will enable the charity to continue its important work in supporting the NHS frontline across the Midlands. The launch represents a substantial investment of more than £30million by the charity over the next... Read more

Billings Clinic to expand air medical transport services

Billings Clinic to expand air medical transport services

11-Mar-2021Source: Billings Clinic

Billings Clinic is pleased to announce that it will establish a new helicopter air ambulance service in Bozeman. This is an expansion of its Billings-based fixed wing MedFlight Air Ambulance service and provides an extension of critical lifesaving transportation consistent with Billings Clinic’s mission. “We’re basing our new helicopter service in Bozeman to save critical... Read more

Romania receives three EMS Airbus H135s

Romania receives three EMS Airbus H135s

10-Mar-2021Source: French Embassy

[electronic translation] Madam Ambassador, Laurence Auer, attended, alongside her German counterpart, Mr. Cord Meier-Klodt, the reception of the first three Airbus H135 Helionix helicopters , delivered in Bucharest to the General Aviation Inspectorate , which will be used for emergency medical operations . She was accompanied by the internal security attaché. Interior Minister Lucian Bode... Read more

Aberdeen SAR team reach 500th mission milestone

Aberdeen SAR team reach 500th mission milestone

8-Mar-2021Source: Babcock

Babcock’s Aberdeen-based North Sea Search and Rescue (SAR) team recently completed their 500th emergency response tasking. The crew responded to a call from a North Sea platform, safely transporting the patient back to the mainland for hospital treatment. Paul Walters, SAR Operations Manager, said: “Our teams have been taking expert clinical care to the men... Read more

Cornwall Air Ambulance appoints Interim CEO

Cornwall Air Ambulance appoints Interim CEO

8-Mar-2021Source: Cornwall Air Ambulance

The following is a statement from Mark Carne, Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Cornwall Air Ambulance: Paula Martin left the position of Chief Executive Officer at the end of February 2021 after 12 years of committed service to the charity. Under Paula’s tenure as CEO, the Trust has developed substantially. As well as... Read more

Air Ambulances UK announces new CEO

Air Ambulances UK announces new CEO

5-Mar-2021Source: Air Ambulances UK

Air Ambulances UK is pleased to announce the appointment of Simmy Akhtar as the Chief Executive Officer to lead the organisation supporting the UK’s air ambulance charities and wider air ambulance sector. The appointment, effective from 01 March 2021, follows the successful merger of the former membership-based Association of Air Ambulances and the national charity... Read more

Air Methods targets new Wisconsin base at Hartford

Air Methods targets new Wisconsin base at Hartford

3-Mar-2021Source: gmtoday.com

Construction could begin in the few weeks at the Hartford Municipal Airport on a building that will be the crew quarters for a new air medical flight service to be operated by Colorado-based Air Methods Corporation. See Full Story.... Read more

Air Evac Lifeteam To Open Air Medical Base in Clarinda

Air Evac Lifeteam To Open Air Medical Base in Clarinda

1-Mar-2021Source: Air Evac Lifeteam

Air Evac Lifeteam is increasing its emergency air medical coverage in Iowa with a new air medical base in Clarinda. The base, scheduled to open in April, will be located on the campus of Clarinda Regional Health Center, a 25-bed critical access hospital in Page County. Chuck Nordyke, CEO of Clarinda Regional Health Center, is... Read more

Cornwall Air Ambulance now carries blood products

Cornwall Air Ambulance now carries blood products

26-Feb-2021Source: Cornwall Air Ambulance

A Cornish teenager has become the first person to receive a lifesaving blood transfusion at the scene of an incident thanks to a new partnership between medical services in the county. For the first time ever, Cornwall Air Ambulance is carrying blood on board the helicopter, giving the critical care team the option to start... Read more

Emergency Services affected by Facebook Australia news ban

Emergency Services affected by Facebook Australia news ban

24-Feb-2021Source: NDTV

Several Australian emergency services were hit by Facebook’s local ban on news content Thursday, with pages that warn the public about Covid outbreaks, bushfires and cyclones rendered blank. See Full Story. ... Read more

London’s Air Ambulance extends maintenance contract with SAS

London’s Air Ambulance extends maintenance contract with SAS

24-Feb-2021Source: London Air Ambulance

London Air Ambulance Charity & Specialist Aviation Services are pleased to announce they have signed a further 3-year maintenance contract, supporting London’s Air Ambulance in delivering an advanced trauma team to the Capital’s most critically injured patients in need of life-saving care. London’s Air Ambulance delivers rapid response and cutting-edge care to save lives in the... Read more

Irish Community Rapid Response Air Ambulance reports 2020 stats

Irish Community Rapid Response Air Ambulance reports 2020 stats

23-Feb-2021Source: Irish Examiner

The Irish Community Rapid Response Air Ambulance was tasked to 490 incidents across 13 counties during 2020, according to the Cork-based charity. See Full Story. ... Read more

Gulf Med Aviation Services to invest in MRO training

Gulf Med Aviation Services to invest in MRO training

23-Feb-2021Source: Times of Malta

A company offering helicopter commercial flight operations and maintenance services in Malta plans to offer job opportunities to students specialising in helicopter engineering, maintenance, and operations, economy ministry Silvio Schembri said on Tuesday. See Full Story. ... Read more

Strategic New Appointments At Midlands Air Ambulance Charity

Strategic New Appointments At Midlands Air Ambulance Charity

22-Feb-2021Source: Midlands Air Ambulance

As part of Midlands Air Ambulance Charity’s commitment to continuous improvement, the service has appointed Dr Adam Low and Dr Ryan O’Leary and reappointed Dr Malcolm Russell MBE as governance leads of the pre-hospital emergency medical service. Governance leads are selected every two years, and their responsibilities include the provision of clinical and management support... Read more

Municipal District of Greenview donates $500K to STARS

Municipal District of Greenview donates $500K to STARS

19-Feb-2021Source: MD Greenview

STARS is another step closer to renewing its helicopter fleet, thanks to a generous $500,000 gift from the MD of Greenview, a loyal and long-time ally. Reeve Dale Smith from the MD of Greenview stated, “STARS will always be a valued service to our residents, workers, and recreation enthusiasts within the MD of Greenview and... Read more

CareFlight becomes Australia first H145 EMS operator

CareFlight becomes Australia first H145 EMS operator

19-Feb-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

Australia’s CareFlight has become the country’s first operator of the emergency medical services (EMS) version of the Airbus H145 light twin helicopter. The aircraft will be used by the aeromedical services provider for rapid response missions in the Greater Sydney area. CareFlight’s H145, which was unveiled at a ceremony today at the Sydney Opera House,... Read more

NHC Northern Helicopter extends wind farm EMS contract

NHC Northern Helicopter extends wind farm EMS contract

18-Feb-2021Source: Northern Helicopter GmbH

Northern Helicopter GmbH will continue to be responsible for offshore rescue in the offshore wind farms Albatros and Hohe See in the German exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the North Sea. The follow-up contract with EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG started on February 1, 2021 and covers a term of four years with the option of... Read more

EHang to Demonstrate Medical Air Mobility

EHang to Demonstrate Medical Air Mobility

17-Feb-2021Source: EHang

EHang Holdings Limited (Nasdaq: EH) (“EHang” or the “Company”), the world’s leading autonomous aerial vehicle (AAV) technology platform company, announced its participation as the only passenger eVTOL partner in the SAFIR-Med project. SAFIR-Med, which stands for “Safe and Flexible Integration of Advanced U-Space Services for Medical Air Mobility”, is a research and innovation project to... Read more

Children’s Air Ambulance picks youngster’s mascot design

Children’s Air Ambulance picks youngster’s mascot design

17-Feb-2021Source: Children’s Air Ambulance

A Leicestershire girl has been crowned the winner of a nationwide competition to design an official mascot for the Children’s Air Ambulance (TCAA). Last year, the national children’s charity launched a competition to find the perfect mascot for #TheCrew – their club for children and young people – and with over 500 entries from across... Read more

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance move in to new airbase

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance move in to new airbase

17-Feb-2021Source: EHAAT

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT) has taken possession of its brand-new purpose-built airbase at North Weald Airfield following its completion by Barnes Construction. Work on the facility began in February 2020 after planning permission was granted by Epping Forest District Council. Project managed by quantity surveyors Castons, and designed by architects Hurley Porte and... Read more

2020: Rega helped 31 patients per day

2020: Rega helped 31 patients per day

16-Feb-2021Source: Swiss Air Rescue Rega

[electronic translation] The commanders of the Swiss Air Rescue Rega organized a total of 16,273 missions last year. While the rescue helicopters were in the air more often than in the previous year, the ambulance jets recorded significantly fewer missions. In addition to its operational activities, Rega supported the Swiss authorities in dealing with the corona pandemic. This... Read more

Midlands Air Ambulance plans to future-proof advanced Pre-Hospital Care

Midlands Air Ambulance plans to future-proof advanced Pre-Hospital Care

15-Feb-2021Source: Midlands Air Ambulance

To help futureproof the advanced pre-hospital service operated by Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, the organisation is developing a purpose-built airbase and charity headquarters in the Shropshire area, which will benefit patients across the whole of the Midlands. The robust plans were approved by Shropshire Council late January, the charity’s Board of Trustees gave final approval... Read more

AW139 Wet Floor Achieves CAANZ STC

AW139 Wet Floor Achieves CAANZ STC

11-Feb-2021Source: Airwork

Airwork (NZ) Limited have obtained Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand (CAANZ) Supplementary Type Certificate for a Light Weight, cost effective AW139 Wet Floor for EMS/SAR and Offshore configured Leonardo AW139 Helicopters. The Airwork standard fit Wet Floor for the Leonardo AW139 helicopter was designed in conjunction with the launch customer, CHC Australia, and is... Read more

Kolkata Fire Dept considers helicopter

Kolkata Fire Dept considers helicopter

9-Feb-2021Source: Millennium Post

The state Fire and Emergency Services department is planning to introduce helicopters in its fleet to strengthen the fire fighting mechanism. See Full Story.... Read more

BCES adds helicopter landing site by Station 1 – Bryan County News

BCES adds helicopter landing site by Station 1 – Bryan County News

9-Feb-2021Source: Bryan County News

Bryan County Fire and Emergency Services now has a permanent helicopter landing area next to BCFES Station 1 on Highway 144 in South Bryan County. The zone is marked by four red and green lights and a windsock that identifies it as a landing area for helicopters. See Full Story. ... Read more

REACH Air Medical Services Opens Air Medical Base in Salton City

REACH Air Medical Services Opens Air Medical Base in Salton City

9-Feb-2021Source: REACH Air Medical Services

REACH Air Medical Services (REACH) announced the opening of its newest emergency air medical transport base in Salton City, CA. The new base will provide air medical transport services 24 hours a day, seven days a week to the communities of Imperial County and the surrounding regions. This is the third community-based air medical operation... Read more

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance steps up protection against COVID-19

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance steps up protection against COVID-19

8-Feb-2021Source: Essex & Herts Air Ambulance

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT) is taking additional steps to protect patients and crew members from COVID-19 by decontaminating crews and equipment with specially-prepared water containing salt and electricity which instantly kills 99.99% of bacteria, fungi and viruses. A dry `fog’ created from electrolysed saline water is released inside a tent into which anything... Read more

Babcock reaches 20 000 hour milestone with Ambulance Victoria

Babcock reaches 20 000 hour milestone with Ambulance Victoria

4-Feb-2021Source: Babcock

Babcock Australasia has achieved a significant in-service milestone with Ambulance Victoria, with its AW139 helicopter fleet exceeding 20,000 flying hours at the five year anniversary of entering service. Since January 2016, Babcock has supplied five AW139s, plus a service assurance aircraft, to support Ambulance Victoria’s Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) operations. Babcock Australasia’s Chief Pilot... Read more

Yorkshire Air Ambulance welcomes two vehicles to their fleet

Yorkshire Air Ambulance welcomes two vehicles to their fleet

3-Feb-2021Source: Yorkshire Air Ambulance

When dealing with the most serious major traumas in Yorkshire, time is of the essence and it is paramount that the Yorkshire Air Ambulance Critical Care Team can reach their patients in the quickest way possible. Yorkshire Air Ambulance is delighted to announce that they have introduced two custom-built Skoda Kodiaq Rapid Response Vehicles to... Read more

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance saw second busiest year on record in 2020

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance saw second busiest year on record in 2020

2-Feb-2021Source: Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA) responded to 1,577 call-outs by air and road in 2020 – its second highest yearly total on record – as it remained fully operational throughout the pandemic providing vital support to the NHS. The 2020 yearly figures represent a drop of 685 individual call-outs when compared to... Read more

New EMS base planned in Finnish town of Seinäjoki

New EMS base planned in Finnish town of Seinäjoki

29-Jan-2021Source: FinnHEMS

[electronic translation] FinnHEMS, which is responsible for nationwide medical helicopter operations, the Southern Ostrobothnia Hospital District and the Pirkanmaa Hospital District have begun joint planning and work to establish a Seinäjoki base. ​The goal is to start operations by the end of 2022. We work together and each actor separately to open a base. ​The construction of... Read more

Community Interest Company Donates Face Shields to Wales Air Ambulance

Community Interest Company Donates Face Shields to Wales Air Ambulance

28-Jan-2021Source: Wales Air Ambulance

A Wrexham company has donated essential Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to staff and volunteers of the Wales Air Ambulance. PPE Hwb Wrecsam, which is a community interest company, has worked non-stop during the pandemic to make sure individuals and organisations across the county have PPE equipment. To date, they have distributed more than 45,000 face... Read more

Russian Helicopters develop neonatal EMS interior for Ansat

Russian Helicopters develop neonatal EMS interior for Ansat

28-Jan-2021Source: Russian Helicopters

The Russian Helicopters holding company of the Rostec State Corporation will equip the updated Ansat medical helicopters with complexes for transporting newborns. The device has passed the necessary certification and received approval from the Federal Air Transport Agency. A new medical module, which is used in Ansat medical helicopters, has been supplemented with incubators for... Read more

Centum phone location technology approved for Airbus H145

Centum phone location technology approved for Airbus H145

27-Jan-2021Source: CENTUM

CENTUM has announced that Lifeseeker, its life-saving technology, has been certified for linefit on Airbus H145 helicopters. Lifeseeker uses signals from a missing person’s mobile phone to guide search and rescue (SAR) teams to the right place quickly. It helps make SAR missions more effective and efficient, saving lives and optimizing operational costs. Lifeseeker turns... Read more

Great Western Air Ambulance reports on 2020 missions

Great Western Air Ambulance reports on 2020 missions

26-Jan-2021Source: Great Western Air Ambulance

Our Critical Care Team were called to around five patients a day on average across 2020, despite the COVID-19 pandemic causing national lockdowns and restrictions throughout much of the year. The crew were called to 1,726 patients in urgent need across Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, North Somerset, Gloucestershire, South Gloucestershire, and surrounding areas.... Read more

UK – Children’s Air Ambulance reaches another milestone

UK – Children’s Air Ambulance reaches another milestone

26-Jan-2021Source: Children’s Air Ambulance

The pioneering Children’s Air Ambulance (TCAA) has reached another milestone by transferring its 500th patient. Formed in 2012 and operated by The Air Ambulance Service, the national transfer service provides the only intensive care aircraft in the country dedicated to transferring critically ill babies and children, at high-speed, from local hospitals to specialist paediatric and... Read more

New multi-million pound Cosford base approved for Midlands Air Ambulance

New multi-million pound Cosford base approved for Midlands Air Ambulance

26-Jan-2021Source: Shropshire Star

Plans for a new multi-million pound air ambulance headquarters at Cosford have been given the green light. See Full Story.... Read more

Metro Aviation announce STC for Stryker Performance-LOAD Manual Cot Fastener

Metro Aviation announce STC for Stryker Performance-LOAD Manual Cot Fastener

26-Jan-2021Source: Metro Aviation

When the Society of Auto Engineers released their J3027 guidance regarding ground ambulance-based patient litters, it left many air ambulance crews in a bind.  Crews were no longer able to quickly transfer a litter from the aircraft to the ground vehicle.  Instead, they had to transfer the patient from the helicopter’s stretcher to the ground... Read more

Devon Air Ambulance flies 1101 missions in 2020

Devon Air Ambulance flies 1101 missions in 2020

21-Jan-2021Source: Devon Air Ambulance

Devon Air Ambulance (DAA) has revealed its mission statistics for 2020, which shows just how vital the response of the medical emergency service is to the people of Devon, even during a pandemic and continuing lockdown periods. Throughout the year the charity has been tasked to attend over 1500 incidents across Devon and were, on... Read more

STARS Lottery fundraiser remains as critical as ever

STARS Lottery fundraiser remains as critical as ever

19-Jan-2021Source: STARS

While they look different wearing protective masks and gowns to protect against the novel coronavirus, STARS crews continue to fly missions daily for Albertans in desperate need of medical care. The 28th edition of the STARS lottery, launching to the public today, helps make that possible while offering the chance to win 2,500 prizes, valued... Read more

STARS adds fourth and fifth Airbus H145 to fleet

STARS adds fourth and fifth Airbus H145 to fleet

18-Jan-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters Canada has delivered two new twin-engine H145 helicopters to STARS, a physician driven non-profit helicopter air ambulance organization serving Western Canada, continuing the company’s multi-year fleet renewal program for nine new helicopters. The four remaining helicopters to be delivered will arrive in the new five-bladed configuration, beginning later this year. STARS’ H145 helicopters,... Read more

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