Flying first aid

A newly upgraded air ambulance helicopter has entered Midlands Air Ambulance Charity’s fleet.

Registered with the call sign G-RMAA, the £7m Airbus helicopter was introduced to the service in February from the organisation’s RAF Cosford airbase in Shropshire. The new helicopter was officially unveiled by the charity’s chair Brendan Connor with supportive charity ambassadors John Challis, Sir Lee Pearson CBE and Neil Back MBE.

The new helicopter travels greater distances without the need for refuelling and enables the aircrew to respond even faster due to increased speed capability. The larger interior means additional aircrew can be flown to major incident scenes and more medical equipment can be carried on board to treat complex emergencies.

Brendan Connor explains, “To support our mission, build resilience, and strengthen the long-term sustainability of the charity, we made the strategic decision to invest a proportion of donations into a larger, upgraded H145 model. The new airframe will enable us to reduce our operating costs and complements our plans to further improve pre-hospital care in the region.”

For more information about the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, visit midlandsairambulance.com.

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