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What a busy weekend

Busy Weekend for Devon’s Air Ambulances

Our crews are always busy, but this weekend was one of those extraordinarily busy ones.  In fact in the South West (Devon, Cornwall, Dorset and Somerset) during Saturday and Sunday there were 33 Air Ambulance incidents, of which 13 were flown by the two Air Ambulances in Devon.

On the Sunday, Devon’s Air Ambulance flew 9 missions.  However there were also an additional 4 Air Ambulance incidents in the county, which were supported by the Devon & Cornwall Police helicopter, Search and Rescue and Cornwall Air Ambulance also popped over the border to help.

Of the incidents flown….

6 were medical emergencies – ie cardiac related

3 were falls

3 were road traffic collisions (RTC) one of which involved a motorcycle

1 was a quad bike accident

This weekend’s incidents really shows why our two Air Ambulances are essential for our county.  Praise must also go to our fantastic HEMS team (helicopter emergency medical services) who work in the South Western Ambulance Service Foundation Trust’s 999 control room.  There is one dedicated hems operator at any given time and on Sunday, for example, our HEMS supervisor Nikki Bolt had the task of not only deciding when and where to deploy Devon’s Air Ambulances, but in fact all of the Air Ambulances in the region as well as liaising with people on the ground, and the crews on board throughout.   We are very proud of them!

None of the above would be possible without the fantastic support of the community, businesses and friends of Devon donating and raising funds tirelessly in order to keep their Air Ambulances flying.  Every single penny really does make a huge difference!

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