Where is the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance based?

Our airbase is situated at Henstridge Airfield on the Dorset/Somerset border. From there, we can be at any point in the two counties in less than 20 minutes. More importantly, the helicopter can, if required, then take a patient to the nearest Major Trauma Centre in the South West within a further 20 minutes.

Where is the NW air ambulance based?

North West Air Ambulance Charity has three aircraft located in Manchester and Blackpool to ensure rapid response to incidents across the North West. Most locations can be reached from between 5 – 20 minutes depending on location and the weather.

What Colour is the Somerset air ambulance?

The familiar bright yellow EC135 helicopter flown by the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance has been temporarily replaced with a red BOI 505 aircraft. The reason for the change is to allow the air ambulance to be fitted with TETRA digital radio equipment, which will take up to 21 days to complete.

Who owns Henstridge Airfield?

RNAS Henstridge (HMS Dipper)

RNAS Henstridge
Owner Air Ministry
Operator Royal Navy – Fleet Air Arm
Site history
Built 1941-1943

What area does magpas cover?

We serve the communities of Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and across the East of England and are dispatched by both the East of England and the East Midlands Ambulance Service Trusts – caring for a population of over 10 million.

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Why can’t air ambulance fly at night?

Until recently Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) regulations prevented Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) aircraft in the UK from pperating by night in the way they operate by day, in particular with respect to the nature of the ad-hoc landing sites the helicopters have to fly into so that the crews can attend …

What does a blue helicopter mean?

The colors were used to designate the various battalions (or “regiments” depending on who you talk to). Green was the 227th Aviation Battalion, light blue was the 228th, dark blue was the 229th, and red was the 2/20 Armed Rocket Artillery Battalion.

What happens to clothes donated to air ambulance?

The money generated through clothing collections and the recycling of office supplies is reinvested back into the charity. This allows us to keep flying and to keep developing the service through the introduction of new equipment and life-saving techniques.

How do I donate to the North West Air Ambulance?

To make a donation over the phone please call one of the Fundraising Team on 0800 587 4570 and have your card details at the ready. We will ask you a few questions about your donation including if your donation is eligible for Gift Aid and if you would like us to claim another 25p for each £1 you have donated.

Ambulance in action