Air ambulance service doubles its capacity

A new air ambulance has taken to the skies as Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA) launches its second life-saving emergency response helicopter.

By The Newsroom
Monday, 13th April 2020, 1:07 pm
Updated Monday, 13th April 2020, 5:33 pm
Paramedics who will fly as regular and reservist crew on SCAA’s new Helimed 79 service.
Paramedics who will fly as regular and reservist crew on SCAA’s new Helimed 79 service.

The charity has doubled its capability, with a second helicopter service (callsign Helimed 79) launched from an additional base at Aberdeen International Airport.

Together, the charity’s two air ambulances will cover the whole of Scotland, working alongside two Government-funded helicopters and two fixed-wing aircraft - all tasked through the country’s 999 emergency response service.

John Bullough, founding Chairman of SCAA, described the launch as a “major milestone” for the charity.

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“There’s never been a more crucial time for additional emergency pre-hospital care resources in Scotland and SCAA is proud to be able to strengthen the country’s air ambulance fleet.

“During these difficult times, the demands on frontline emergency services has never been greater and we hope the public will continue to support us - ensuring that, with the launch of Helimed 79, we can fly more care, more quickly, to more people wherever the need arises in Scotland.”