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We are Moving in Exmouth!

Posted by on February 9th 2016 in Retail

We are Moving in Exmouth!

We’re moving! Devon Air Ambulance Trust (DAAT) is excited to announce that we are relocating our charity shop in Exmouth to larger premises.  Our new store will be located at 26 Chapel Street in Exmouth and opens on 20th February at 10am.  Our current location will be shutting its doors on 17th February to prepare for the move.

Martin Bell, DAAT’s Retail Director, says, “Our Exmouth branch became a discount shop in July 2013 and proved to be a huge success. We realised the necessity to move our store to a larger location to accommodate this growth and are very much...

Keeping Operations Organised

Posted by on February 8th 2016 in Operational

Keeping Operations Organised

Catherine Moss-Crump (centre) is our Executive Assistant to our Operations Director and helps to keep our growing Ops team organised. We sat down to chat more about her role:  

How did you come to work for DAAT?

In March 2015 I saw the Trust were advertising for the position of Executive Assistant to the Operations Director. The role appealed to my organised nature, my friends regularly tease me that I have lists for my lists, so I thought the position would be a good fit. At the time I was working as a Health Researcher and I felt it was time for a...

Benchball Choose Charity of the Year

Posted by on February 3rd 2016 in Charity of the year, Fundraising

Benchball Choose Charity of the Year

The University of Exeter Benchball Society are proud to announce Devon Air Ambulance Trust (DAAT) as their chosen Charity for the current academic year.  Following taking part in Exeter’s Rock Solid Race and volunteering for the Trust at Run or Dye’s Exeter event in 2015, the society decided to not only continue, but to increase their support of the Trust this year.

The Society’s personal connection to DAAT provides the reasoning for their support. President Jodie Hoskin was in need of one of Devon’s Air Ambulances back in 2011, when she was airlifted from Dartmoor. Jodie’s airlift coupled with witnessing the...

Tozers Solicitors Raise £13,500 through Diverse Support

Posted by on February 1st 2016 in business on board, Charity of the year, Fundraising

Tozers Solicitors Raise £13,500 through Diverse Support

Following two years of tremendous support, Tozers Solicitors LLP have reason to celebrate, raising £13,500 for Devon Air Ambulance Trust (DAAT).

The partners at Tozers decided to nominate DAAT as their chosen charity back in 2014, not least because one of them had been previously airlifted as a result of an equestrian accident. Having a first-hand experience of the vital service the Charity provides, the Solicitors began their varied support.

The year was full of fundraising from a bake-off to an indoor cycling challenge, taking part in DAAT’s Motorcycle Ride Out and the Royal Marines Commando Challenge (an event shared by DAAT...

P.P.E.

Posted by on January 29th 2016 in Operational

P.P.E.
Delivering our service safely is something that is imbedded within every action we take and isn’t just restricted to the flying of the helicopters.

Over the coming months my photo blog will cover a variety of subjects and I will share with you some of the processes which ensure our safety as well as that of our patients and the public.

Personal Protective Equipment, or PPE as it is known, forms an important part of the aircrew’s kit and in this blog I provide an overview of the items the crew wear or take with them to every incident they attend.

When responding...

Aircraft Engineering

Posted by on January 25th 2016 in Operational

Aircraft Engineering

Our Aircraft Engineer Jeff Glover is a vital part of our team who is always working behind the scenes to keep our helicopters flying. We sat down to chat about not only what he does for DAAT, but how he came to be an engineer and the industry today.

 

What do you do?

I am an EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) Licenced Aircraft Maintenance Engineer employed by the Trust to –

  1. Provide specialist advice and knowledge to the Trust regarding maintenance and continuing airworthiness of the two helicopters currently operated.
  2. Assist with monitoring, auditing and compliance of the Maintenance and Continuing Airworthiness Contractors
  3. Carry out...

Gary Ocean Busking for DAAT

Posted by on January 20th 2016 in Fundraising

Gary Ocean Busking for DAAT

Supporting Devon Air Ambulance Trust for around 3 years now, Gary Ocean is continuing his busking successes and would love to sing and dance at any of your fundraising events this year. Here is what he has to say in his own words:

When wandering around the market towns of Devon
You may hear music that sounds like Heaven
Closer inspection will have you revealing
That Gary Ocean is singing with feeling

His repertoire is varied and fun
And includes a tune for everyone
The songs he sings bring joy to all
Throughout the winter, summer and Fall

He busks and dances with...

Crew Resource Management (CRM)

Posted by on January 19th 2016 in Operational

Crew Resource Management (CRM)

 

Our Paramedic Dave Dungay's next blog post is live! Today's topic is about Crew Resource Management, a vital component of our teamwork here at DAAT. 

Read his next post, and more of Dave's blog here. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Track and Distance

Posted by on January 19th 2016 in Operational

Track and Distance

On the wall next to the Red Phone at each of our airbases is an aviation chart covering the South West peninsula, which the crew use to plot the ‘Track and Distance’ from the airbase to the incident location.

This fantastic piece of 'technology' isn’t new having been designed almost since the start of aviation itself and although we now have modern digital alternatives in flight, we still use what is in effect a map, a length of string and a weight to help us plot our track and distance to the incident initially. 

The image above is of our Exeter Airbase Track and...

The Red Phone

Posted by on January 11th 2016 in Operational

The 'Red Phone'

Each week I shall be sharing with you a picture which depicts something relating to the operational aspects of Devon Air Ambulance. As well as sharing the picture I will within my ‘Photo Blog’ provide a brief explanation of what is depicted and how it relates to the service we provide to the people of Devon.

The Red phone

I kick off my photo blog with a picture of the ‘Red Phone’ located in the office at our Eaglescott airbase. I am often asked how our two air ambulances are deployed and essentially for the aircrew it starts off with a telephone...

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