CAMBRIDGE, England -- A life saving charity has unveiled a new aircraft today which will mean they are able to treat more people who become seriously ill or injured in the eastern region.
The East Anglian Air Ambulance’s (EAAA) most recent addition to its fleet will, says the charity, herald a new era in the evolution of the EAAA and of helicopter emergency medical services nationally.
Until now, the charity has only been able to help those who become sick or injured during the hours of daylight, but this new aircraft will mean that the pilot, doctor and critical care paramedic crews will be able to reach those who need urgent medical treatment during the hours of darkness.
Andrew Egerton Smith, chairman and founder of EAAA, said: “My vision for this vital service is that everything we do is of the highest standard and our mission is to deliver exactly what people need, when they need it.
“We need to constantly innovate and initiate new ideas and, more than anything, we must provide value for money. Our brand new helicopter has been fitted with state of the art technology to allow night flying.
“Today marks the next big step for us and I anticipate an exciting future where working with us will be a badge of honour for clinicians who will want to join our team to hone their trauma skills and knowledge and that individuals and companies will continue to support our life-saving and life-changing work.”
Tim Page, chief executive of EAAA, said: “I am proud to be leading this amazing charity which actually saves lives and makes a huge difference to the future of so many people, their families and their community.”
The crews will now undergo extensive training and it is expected that life-saving missions by helicopter during the hours of darkness will begin by the end of the year.