Ex­tra hours for air am­bu­lance

The Oban Times - - News -

THE coun­try’s only char­ity-funded air am­bu­lance will help to save more lives as it has ex­tended its op­er­a­tional hours.

Scot­land’s Char­ity Air Am­bu­lance (SCAA) will op­er­ate a 12-hour shift each day – adding two hours to its cur­rent ser­vice.

SCAA, sup­ported by pub- lic do­na­tions, has se­cured £150,000 in fund­ing to cover its first year. This in­cludes the cost of re­cruit­ing a sixth paramedic to sup­port crew shifts.

SCAA chief ex­ec­u­tive David Craig said: ‘Since 2013, SCAA has re­sponded to hun­dreds of time- crit­i­cal emer­gen­cies across the whole of Scot­land, 10 hours a day, seven days a week. When a shift ends, how­ever, so does our re­sponse ca­pa­bil­ity.

‘Thanks to the gen­eros­ity of a very sup­port­ive pub­lic in Scot­land, we now have the re­sources to ex­tend our crew’s shift to their max­i­mum 12 hours.’

The air am­bu­lance will be fly­ing more hours and get an ex­tra paramedic.

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