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Archive for January, 2013

Working together

Posted by on January 21st 2013 in business on board

Working together

Highway maintenance is one of the key services SWH provides across the region. This can range from winter maintenance, drainage improvements, road marking, excavation and traffic management.

SWH began supporting Devon Air Ambulance Trust (DAAT) in 2010 after asking staff to vote for a preferred charity. We get inundated with requests for support from charities, and while we help where we can, we felt it was important to have a clear attachment to one that our staff believe in.

Very often we attend the scene of accidents along Devon’s roads and motorways and often work closely with...

New Devon Air Ambulance

Posted by on January 17th 2013 in Operational

Blogger:  Nigel Hare, Operations Manager and Operational Aircrew

January marked an exciting time for Devon Air Ambulance Trust as the new helicopter, funded by the people of Devon to help enhance our service, arrived in England and has started the transformation into an Air Ambulance. This is the next stage in its 18 month journey from drawing board to operational use.

There are many advantages in Devon Air Ambulance owning its own helicopters, as opposed to leasing them, including the ability to specify what level and type of equipment the aircraft will have. This means not only do our...

Best possible tasking to incidents crucial

Posted by on January 8th 2013 in Operational

Nigel Hare – Operations Manager and Paramedic/Aircrew

by guest blogger Nigel Hare, Operations Manager, Paramedic/Aircrew of Devon Air Ambulance Trust

Man who stopped breathing helped by Devon Air Ambulance

On Thursday 3 January at 1225 hours I was on shift at the Exeter airbase when we were tasked to go to Okehampton. We were deployed just one minute after the 999 call was received. The call advised that an elderly man had stopped breathing.

We are continuously looking via our HEMS desk (helicopter emergency medical services) at the best possible tasking to incidents, where speed really can make a difference....

Challenging Landing - 1 January 2013

Posted by on January 2nd 2013 in Operational

Teignmouth Beach – 1 January 2013 by Nicola Courtier

The first day of the year was a relatively busy one for Devon’s Air Ambulances, with three jobs in total.

At 1139 hours our Exeter based helicopter was called to Teignmouth beach to an adult male with a suspected cardiac arrest.  The helicopter was allocated just 2 minutes after the 999  call was received!

Flying that day Senior Base Pilot,  Captain Rob Mackie.  This job shows just some of the challenges that the crew face on a daily basis.  Here’s Rob…

“On approach to Teignmouth beach, I could see there were...



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