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medical chiefs bid for people to stay safe

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 13, 2014

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BOSSES behind the air ambulance which covers Burton have urged people to ‘stay safe’ this Easter.

While many people will be thinking about getting away for the Easter break, the aircrew at Midlands Air Ambulance has asked people to ‘on their guard’ during the first bank holiday of the year.

“Naturally we all want to make the most of the long Easter weekend, and while we’d encourage people to have a good time, we’re also asking the public to consider their safety and that of others,” said Becky Tinsley, air operations manager for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity.

“Unfortunately the number of air ambulance missions we are called out to tends to rise over bank holidays.

“There are more vehicles on the roads as more people look to get away for the weekend, so the number of road traffic collisions we attend increases.

“We also see a rise in the number of burns accidents at barbeques and incidents involving certain sporting activities such as swimming, horse riding, hill walking and climbing for example.”

The service carries out more than 2,000 missions each year, several of which are life saving.

As each mission costs the charity approximately £2,500, all of which is funded by donations from the public.

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