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Air Ambulance To Make Unusual Landing Today

Air Ambulance Paramedic Claire Baker

8:28am 25th September 2014

Students at Kingston Maurward College in Dorchester will be welcoming a very special guest today.

Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance will be touching down there.

It's due to land at midday as part of National Air Ambulance Week to raise awareness about the service and the work they do.

About Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance

- The Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance is a Local service, provided for the Local community, supported by Local people.

- The Charity needs to raise £1.7 million per year to keep flying.  With no direct Government or National Lottery funding, they rely on the generosity of the public for support.

- Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance has attended 10,000 incidents since its launch in March 2000, saving many lives and aiding recovery with outstanding immediate care and rapid delivery to the hospital best suited to meet the patient's needs.

- The yellow helicopter (EC135) is based at Henstridge Airfield, between Sherborne and Shaftesbury on the Dorset and Somerset border.  It cruises at approximately 150 mph.

- A key element of the Air Ambulance is that it can take patients direct to an appropriate specialist hospital that will meet the patients' clinical needs.

- Paramedics - DSAA has six paramedics, provided by the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, which is fortunate enough to be the only Trust in the country that has access to four air ambulances.  

- Pilots - Our Air Ambulance has two pilots and one servicing engineer are provided by Bond Air Services.  The pilots are carefully selected because the Air Ambulance flights are typically more challenging than regular non-emergency flight services.   They will normally have a great deal of experience in low-level operations and instrument flying.

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