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Twiggy bolts and Addy falls

Posted by on August 26th 2015 in Operational, Patients

Twiggy bolts and Addy falls

“They were just tremendous, ” were the words of Adrienne Chichester from Mary Tavy when asked about the Devon Air Ambulance paramedics who looked after her when she was thrown from her horse in a remote part of Dartmoor just before Christmas last year.

“My friend and I were out riding at White Tor, near Peter Tavy,” explained Adrienne, known as Addy. 

“I have been riding for years and had owned Twiggy for two years.  She was a little frisky that day so my friend went on while I sorted Twiggy out.  A short while later Twiggy seemed much calmer...

Andy is living life to the full

Posted by on August 17th 2015 in Operational, Patients

Andy is living life to the full

One Sunday lunchtime in June 2010, Andrew and his friend Tony were  out on their motorbikes, enjoying the spring sunshine. 

Just outside Torrington, on a long slow bend up the hill, Andy realised that he had a problem – his back tyre collapsed after hitting a bump and was deflating fast, leaving him with no control or steering.  As he and his bike slowed down, Andy saw a car coming towards him but, despite his best efforts, he was unable to avoid a head on collision. 

To Tony’s horror, he watched as his mate flew over the handle bars of his bike...

Pilot Richie lands his dream job

Posted by on August 4th 2015 in General charity, Operational

Pilot Richie lands his dream job

Pilot Richie lands his dream job

Air ambulance role is a life time ambition

As a child, Richie Tate recalls seeing helicopters delivering hay to snowbound cattle near his South Molton home and resolving that one day he would be a helicopter pilot.

He achieved his ambition by learning to fly in a 23 year army career and has now landed his dream job as a pilot with the Devon Air Ambulance  flying the Charity’s EC135 Eurocopter out of Exeter International Airport.

The 43 year-old recounts how he always knew he would be a pilot and mapped out his career accordingly from a very...

End of an era for Devon Air Ambulance

Posted by on July 22nd 2015 in Operational

Captain Rob Mackie retires from flying

This week saw the end of an era for Devon’s Air Ambulances, with the final operational flight flown by Captain Rob Mackie, before he retires.

One constant at Devon Air Ambulance (DAA) over its 23 years of operation is Rob, who has flown with the service since April 1993. He is thought to be the longest serving Air Ambulance pilot working at one single service in the UK. In fact during his time with DAA he has flown in excess of 7,000 missions!

Paignton born Rob started his flying career as an Army pilot and the skills he picked up flying Scout...

A busy bank holiday for Devon Air Ambulances

Posted by on April 8th 2015 in General charity, Operational

A busy bank holiday for Devon Air Ambulances

The good weather and Easter break made it a busy long weekend for Devon’s Air Ambulance crews. Although Good Friday saw an unusual day with no missions, the rest of the weekend made up for it.

Nigel Hare, Operations Director explained “From Easter Saturday to Easter Monday our crews were extremely busy, having been deployed to 14 incidents across the county.  From these missions we carried 9 patients and treated one person on scene.  We also helped out our colleagues in Cornwall who were out on a mission already and attended a patient in Port Isaac.”

He added “The busiest area of...

The Air Ambulance Paramedic - new blog post available

Posted by on March 16th 2015 in General charity, Operational, Patients

The Air Ambulance Paramedic - new blog post available

The Air Ambulance Paramedic is a blog written by our paramedic Dave Dungay.

Dave joined the aircrew at the end of 2014.  He wanted to document his journey from interview to the day to day life of an Air Ambulance paramedic so decided to keep a blog.

The latest instalment on exploring all that Dartmoor has to offer is available at theairambulanceparamedic.wordpress.com

Civil Aviation Audit passed with flying colours

Posted by on March 16th 2015 in General charity, Operational

Civil Aviation Audit passed with flying colours

Devon Air Ambulance Trust (DAAT) has just passed its first annual audit by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) for its Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC).

The AOC means the Charity, under its operating arm Devon Air Ambulance Trading Company Limited, has clearly demonstrated it meets all of the stringent operating and safety competencies required by the CAA.  This includes airworthiness management, training, quality systems, ground infrastructure and finances.

It also requires the appointment of key accountable staff that are responsible for specific safety critical functions such as training, maintenance and operations. DAAT’s Chief Executive Heléna Holt is the AOC’s Accountable Manager.  She said:...

Devon Air Ambulance Trust to benefit from Libor fund donation

Posted by on February 25th 2015 in General charity, General discussion, Operational

Devon Air Ambulance Trust to benefit from Libor fund donation

£5m Libor Donation to Air Ambulances ‘Will Save Hundreds of Lives Each Year’

Devon Air Ambulance Trust is one of several Air Ambulance charities in the UK set to benefit from a £5 million fund from Libor fines.

The Charity will receive £250,000 from the fund, which will contribute towards the cost of equipment needed for night flying in 2016.

Heléna Holt, Chief Executive of Devon Air Ambulance Trust said “We are delighted with the news that the Charity will receive such a large sum of money from the Libor Fund. This sum will go a long way in helping us to secure the...

The Air Ambulance Paramedic Blog

Posted by on February 12th 2015 in General charity, General discussion, Operational

The Air Ambulance Paramedic Blog

Have you signed up or read The Air Ambulance Paramedic blog posts by our newest paramedic Dave Dungay yet?

Dave joined the aircrew at the end of 2014.  He wanted to document his journey from interview to the day to day life of an Air Ambulance paramedic so decided to keep a blog.

The latest instalment on clinical development is available at theairambulanceparamedic.wordpress.com

What a busy Christmas

Posted by on January 2nd 2015 in Operational

What a busy Christmas

It's been another busy Christmas period (Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day) for your Devon Air Ambulances…..


• 10 jobs
• 1 job stood down
• 2 patients treated on scene
• 7 patients conveyed
• 6 medical related ie heart/cardiac/fits
• 1 trauma related – fall
• One trip to Bristol Children’s Hospital (on Christmas Eve) with poorly baby girl
• We airlifted five male patients including one elderly
• We airlifted two female patients; one baby and one elderly

Thanks to Sam Whitfield for this great photo, which he took at Marjons, Plymouth. 



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