AIR ambulance chiefs have explained how a recent rise in call-outs in South Derbyshire has showcased how ‘vital’ the service is to the area.
The Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA), which is run by the Air Ambulance Service, disclosed that it had been called to five serious incidents in the district since the start of 2014.
Bosses revealed that the chopper had been called to a range of emergencies, from a fall in Ticknall and a heart attack in Castle Gresley to serious road crashes in Newhall and Bretby.
A spokesman told the Mail that the incidents served to highlight why the charity needed the public to ‘dig deep’ and help its vehicles stay in the air.
The spokesman said: “The DLRAA has been circling the skies of the East Midlands since 2008, keeping people safe and helping to save lives every single day of the year.
“As a Helicopter Emergency Medical Service we attend many different incidents, including road traffic collisions, horse riding accidents, sporting injuries and medical emergencies such as cardiac arrests, to name but a few.
“Our dedicated paramedics, doctors and pilots work together to provide advanced clinical care to patients at the scene of the accident, before flying them to the most suitable hospital.
“Flying out of East Midlands Airport, we attend an average of three rescue missions every single day, with the capability to attend even more should the need arise – and it often does.
“Sometimes we end up flying back-to-back missions.
“Each rescue mission costs an average of £1,700 and this is why we need to keep up our efforts to fund-raise.”
More information is available by heading to the charity’s website at www.theairambulanceservice.org.uk