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The new helicopter has arrived

Posted by on August 5th 2013 in Operational

Operations Director Nigel Hare with GDAAN at the Royal International Air Tattoo

by Nigel Hare, Operations Director

On the 31st July DAAT took delivery of its brand new Air Ambulance. The people of Devon have been truly fantastic in supporting us to make this possible and I wanted to share with you just how your help will enable us to further develop the service and bring even greater benefit to patients.

One of the most frequent things I am asked is “Why buy and not continue leasing?”  There are three main reasons:

• The ability to design the Air Ambulance...

Operations Director question and answer

Posted by on April 5th 2013 in Operational

We asked our Operations Manager and paramedic Nigel Hare a few questions, to give you an insight into what working with the Devon Air Ambulance is like for him…

What is your working day like on the Air Ambulance?

Once the equipment and the aircraft is fully checked the crew have a briefing outlining aspects such as the weather, tide times, and on the moors, details of whether the firing ranges are in use. From that point onward we are ready to respond to emergency calls.

Each day starts with a full check of all our equipment. That is both...

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...

Interaction with our ex patients

Posted by on December 12th 2012 in Operational, Patients

Guest Blogger:  Debbie Gregory, Patient Liaision at DAAT

We know that Devon Air Ambulance Trust has undertaken over 18,000 missions since we started in 1992. Due to patient confidentiality, however, we only ever know the most basic of details about the missions our aircrews attend, such as gender, adult or child, where the aircraft was called to and where the patient was taken.

So it is always very gratifying to hear from the people we help. Sometimes it is the patients themselves who contact us, other times it may be a family member but it’s always interesting to hear...

Pay it Forward - Guest Blogger: Julie Hawker

Posted by on November 5th 2012 in Operational, Patients

Julie with Charlie the Horse

On the morning Thursday 16th August I suffered a multiple, open compound leg fracture whilst out horse-riding (or should that be horse-falling-off!). The Devon Air Ambulance (the North Devon one) arrived on the scene once paramedics had done their assessment and I was whisked away to RD&E Hospital in Exeter for treatment and surgery.  The crew on the Air Ambulance were not only professional and clear, they also provided lots of reassurance for both me and my family who were on the scene by then. It’s not necessarily my preference to have experienced the benefits...

How did we choose our new helicopter?

Posted by on October 8th 2012 in Operational

What made you choose the car you drive?  You probably weighed up all of the options and made an informed decision?  That’s exactly what we did when deciding what make of helicopter to buy for Devon’s second owned aircraft.  We already own an EC135 in Exeter, and the leased aircraft, which the new aircraft is replacing in Autumn 2013 is also the same type.

The reasons we chose the EC135 over other options are primarily operational. These are a few of the considerations which favour the EC135 for our particular needs:

  1. Because of the nature of the incidents we are...

Qualifications needed to become pilot - by Captain Rob Mackie

Posted by on September 24th 2012 in Operational

My name is Rob Mackie and I’m the senior pilot for the Devon Air Ambulance based in Exeter.

The qualitifications needed to become a pilot is a very good one, and one that is not easily answered (but I’ll try my best!). If you’re a parent please excuse me for saying this BUT in theory, you don’t need any specific qualifications to be an Air Ambulance pilot! It might sound a little bit strange saying that, but it’s true. What you do need is a good head for maths, some of which is quite complicated, and a good command of English...

What a busy weekend

Posted by on September 19th 2012 in Operational

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...

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