‘Helicopter will help to save hundreds of lives’
A NEW helicopter air ambulance based in th north-east will “sav and improve hundred more lives each year” according to a charit chief.
John Bullough, foundin chairman of the Scotland’ Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA) made the comments afte it was revealed th charity-funded aircraft wil operate from Aberdeen. As reported in later edition of yesterday’s Evening Express the new addition is part of £6 million drive to secure a enhanced life-saving service i the country. The new Granite City-base aircraft – callsign Helimed 79 will join its stablemat Helimed 76 which currentl operates out of Perth Airport. Mr Bullough said: “Aberdee will house one of Scotland’ four Major Trauma Centres i the future Scottish Traum Network and it makes sense fo Helimed 79 to add it considerable capability to tha growing hub of emergenc medical resources. “SCAA is frequently taske to emergencies in th north-east and having an ai ambulance based there wil optimise the coverage an resilience of the country’ entire emergency air respons – helping to fulfil one of th Scottish Trauma Network’s ke objectives of transporting patients to a key trauma centre within 45 minutes of serious illness or injury. “With a second helicopter air ambulance service, SCAA will further positively affect the outcome for patients – ultimately saving and improving hundreds more lives every year.” The charity hopes to launch the service by late 2019, and will now focus its attention on ensuring the infrastructure is in place for the new base. Mr Bullough added: “The fact that SCAA is looking to launch a second aircraft after only five years is a testament to the level of support and public engagement that we have received nationally. “SCAA is entirely funded by charitable donations and the people of Scotland have funded each and every one of our nearly 2,000 emergency responses to every corner of the country.” SCAA chief executive David Craig said: “SCAA will work with its service partners to determine where exactly that operational airbase should be located in the city area, along with the process of recruiting crew, and begin to establish the station.”
Rich Forte SCAA reserve paramedic with the new helicopter Helimed 79 The helicopter, which was unveiled at Hazlehead Park, was entirely funded by charitable donations