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Archive for January, 2016


Posted by on January 29th 2016 in Operational

Nigel Hare Ground Ops Director Devon Air Ambulance
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

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

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


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

Nigel Hare Ground Ops Director Devon Air Ambulance

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 Distance map...

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.

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...

Ground breaking clinical development degree for air paramedics

Posted by on January 11th 2016 in General discussion, Operational, Patients

New qualification will create Devon as a centre of excellence for pre-hospital critical care

A ground-breaking collaboration between Devon Air Ambulance Trust (DAAT) and Plymouth University has resulted in a new Master’s Degree course for Paramedic air crew aimed at making them amongst the highest qualified in the profession.

The first module on the MSc Pre-hospital Critical Care/Transport and Retrieval degree started in early September and over a three year period studying for a minimum of 10 hours a week, 20 paramedics will gain this new qualification and will be encouraged to contribute to advancing the body of knowledge underpinning pre-hospital critical...

Win a Custom Built BMX

Posted by on January 7th 2016 in Fundraising

Vert YesEvil in Paignton are proud to hold their Charity Raffle with 50% proceeds to Devon Air Ambulance Trust (DAAT).  As a family-run business, Adrian & Jonathan Livesey not only have a passion for anything on two wheels but for giving back to the community as well.

Adrian Livesey says, “ We are pleased to support  Devon Air Ambulance Trust. It is reassuring to know that Devon’s Air Ambulances are able to respond quickly to remote parts of the county, where keen mountain bike riders like myself ride. We want to contribute to the vital service they provide”.

This year, Vert YesEvil’s...

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