Air ambulance crew members celebrate service’s seventh anniversary

Members of Derbyshire Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance celebrate the service's 7th birthday EMN-151004-154743001
Members of Derbyshire Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance celebrate the service's 7th birthday EMN-151004-154743001
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Crew members of Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) got out balloons and banners to celebrate the service’s seventh anniversary.

Call-outs, which rely on fundraising because there is no government funding, are on the increase with 100 more missions being flown in 2014 compared to the year before.

Last month alone there were 87 missions, with 29 of them attending emergencies in Leicestershire.

The majority of call-outs were to road traffic collisions, with medical emergencies and sports injuries also ranking high.

The air ambulance has provided a cutting-edge level of pre-hospital clinical care to over 6,700 missions since it started in 2008, using paramedics who are trained to critical care standard, allowing them to perform a range of additional skills at the scene of an accident, as well as on-board doctors to bring the hospital to the patient.

Each DLRAA emergency flight costs an average of £1,700 and volunteers are being sought to help raise money to keep them going.

For more information on the DLRAA and how to help generate funds, go to www.theairambulanceservice.org.uk/volunteering or call 08454 130999.