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Archive for January, 2017

Helicopter targeted by laser

Posted by on January 24th 2017 in Operational

Captain Rob Mackie

At 2150 on the evening of 20th January in the Tedburn St Mary area one of Devon’s Air Ambulances was targeted by a green coloured laser. The crew were on their way to Holsworthy to help an elderly lady who had fallen and needed essential medical treatment at the major trauma centre in Plymouth.

The increasing sales of powerful hand held laser pens have always been considered to be a viable threat to all aircraft but this is the first significant incident involving Devon Air Ambulance, which has occurred only a few weeks after the introduction of night operations.

Rob Mackie, DAA’s...

Harry's Lucky Escape

Posted by on January 17th 2017 in General charity, Patients

Little Harry was placed into an induced coma but was revived on Christmas Eve

Christmas can be a dramatic time of year for many families, but for few moreso than for the Tansleys.

Christmas was very different for one Exwick family this year (2017), but fortunately it had a very happy ending.

With all the excitement of being on school holiday and Father Christmas due in just a few days, 8-year old Harry Tansley from Exwick was happy to be out scooting and skating along Exmouth seafront with his dad, his older brother Ben and their friend, Will. 

They were having a lovely time until, for no known reason, Harry lost his balance on his...

Community landing site takes off in East Prawle

Posted by on January 9th 2017 in Operational

Community landing site takes off in East Prawle

If you hear a helicopter at night it’s quite possible it will be Devon’s Air Ambulance which is now flying into the hours of darkness; in fact up to midnight every day.

There are currently 25 fully operational landing sites up and running, with over a 100 further night landing sites in developmen.  There will soon also be one in East Prawle.

The Charity funded service has been working hard with communities across Devon since January 2016 to build a network of community night landing sites.  These sites are pre surveyed and have state of the art lighting technology with remote switching...

Exmouth Band announce Devon Air Ambulance as 2017's Charity of the Year

Posted by on January 5th 2017 in Charity of the year, Events, Fundraising

Exmouth Band announce Devon Air Ambulance as 2017's Charity of the Year

Exmouth Town Concert band are delighted to announce their charity of the year for 2017 will be Devon Air Ambulance (DAA).

In 2017 Devon Air Ambulance will be celebrating 25 years of service to the county, this has only been made possible by the fantastic support DAA receives from the people, businesses and communities of Devon. It costs £5.5million every year to keep Devon’s Air Ambulances flying and they are extremely proud to be independent of Government and National Lottery Funding; this safeguards the service for the long-term and ensures they can deliver what the people of Devon tell them they...

Goodbye 2016. Hello Silver Anniversary.

Posted by on January 1st 2017 in Fundraising, General charity

Goodbye 2016. Hello Silver Anniversary.

2016 was a busy year for Devon Air Ambulance - not to mention the rest of the world! Missed some of our big news? Not to worry! Let’s take a look back at some of our key moments in 2016 but more importantly, find out more about our exciting Say it with Silver plans, which will mark Devon Air Ambulance's 25th anniversary of life-saving service.


Say it with Silver

The 27th August 2017 will mark 25 years since our very first mission back in 1992, when the Devon Air Ambulance service was launched, flying 5 days per week. Fundraising for an air...

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