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BCEHS helicopters equipped with NVGs

8th May 2018 - 13:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


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Three of Canada's BC Emergency Health Services (BCEHS) air ambulance helicopters have been equipped with night vision imaging technology to transfer more patients at night, the organisation announced on 3 May.

The BCEHS air ambulance fleet has a total of 11 aircraft including four helicopters and seven fixed-wing aircraft.

The helicopters are operated by contractors: three by Helijet International and one by Summit Helicopters.

All three helicopters are based in Vancouver and Prince Rupert. The organisation’s fourth air ambulance helicopter, based in Kamloops, will also be equipped with night vision imaging later in 2018.

The night vision goggles use image enhancement technology to collect all available light, including infrared light, and amplify it so that the pilot can see in low light and dark conditions.

Adrian Dix, Canadian Health Minister, said: ‘This is an important investment to improve access to patient care in British Columbia. The addition of night vision technology also builds on recent investments we have made to improve access to ambulance services and will ensure a heightened level of safety for patients, flight crews and air ambulance paramedics.’

The installation and necessary flight crew training is the result of an agreement reached last year between BCEHS and its primary helicopter service provider, Helijet International. 

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