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Aberdeen charity air ambulance takes to the skies for first time

Posted On: 4 Apr 2020   |   Posted By: Press and Journal

Aberdeen charity air ambulance takes to the skies for first time

A new life-saving air ambulance based in Aberdeen has taken to the skies for the first time.
The copter, operated by Scotland's Charity Air Ambulance , entered service yesterday after years of campaigning and fundraising.
Helimed 79 can be called upon by the Scottish Ambulance Service at any time to help with emergencies anywhere in the country, but it is expected to make its most significant impact in the north-east.
The EC135 T2E and her crew operates from a base in Dyce, and is extending the reach of the city's major trauma centre at Foresterhill.
Yesterday members of its team carried out a “familiarisation run” with a circuit in the skies above the city, briefly landing at the city's flagship Royal Infirmary.
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The Helimed 79 crew
It is one of two aircraft operated by SCAA. The other, Helimed 76, is based at Perth Airport and has attended more than 2,500 emergencies since launching in 2013.
John Bullough, SCAA's founding chairman, said: “There's never been a more crucial time for...

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