‘He­li­copter will help to save hun­dreds of lives’

Evening Express (City Final) - - News - BY JODIE MOLYNEUX

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.”

Pic­tures by Colin Ren­nie

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

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