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Devon Air Ambulance launches new EC135 on National Air Ambulance Day

26th September 2008 - 00:00 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


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The Devon Air Ambulance Trust’s new state of the art new generation helicopter, G-DVAA, was launched last Friday (26th September 2008).  It was also National Air Ambulance Day.

The arrival of Devon’s special delivery won’t just benefit the Exeter airbase it will fly from but also free up G-DAAT, the EC135 currently working from Exeter, to replace the Bolkow 105dbs currently in the North of the county, up-grading the service even further.

Heléna Holt, Chief Executive of the Devon Air Ambulance Trust, explained “A tremendous amount of hard work has gone on behind the scenes to make today possible.  From the amazing support of our fundraisers and volunteers, the staff at the charity, to Eurocopter in the UK and Germany and the aircrew, who have worked so closely to ensure the helicopter gives them the best working area possible.  It has really been a true team effort, which shows what a county can do if they set their minds to it.  They have really risen to the challenge”

“Air Ambulances are essential in a county the size and nature of Devon.  They come into their own because they fly over any traffic jams, fly in a straight line, and are able to take the patient to the hospital which offers the best treatment for their particular needs, which may not always be the closest.”

She added “We did not take the decision to buy this helicopter lightly.   We have a duty to all of our wonderful fundraisers and supporters across Devon to spend their hard-earned money as
wisely as we can.  This is a considerable investment but one which will pay dividends in
cost savings for many years to come.”

“To coincide the official launch with National Air Ambulance Day was an added advantage because we wanted to show the whole country, not just Devon, what a difference
Air Ambulances make,  and bring home that they are only here and available for all because of public support.

“We would like to thank all of the fabulous supporters of the charity, together with the amazing Devon businesses who made this special day possible through their generous donations of produce, goods and services.”

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