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Wiltshire Air Ambulance gets £1 million
The UK government has released £1 million in funding to build a proposed new helicopter emergency medical service (HEMS) airbase on land at Outmarsh Farm, Semington, near Melksham, it was announced on 23 November.
The proposed new airbase will consist of an Operations Centre for helicopters and aircrew and a base for the organisation’s Charity Team.
Outline planning permission for the Outmarsh Farm site has been granted and detailed plans for the project have been submitted to Wiltshire Council.
Wiltshire Air Ambulance currently rents a hangar at Wiltshire Police headquarters in Devizes for its helicopter and aircrew while the charity team is based in rented offices in Calne.
David Philpott, chief executive of Wiltshire Air Ambulance, said: ‘We are delighted to have been awarded this £1 million grant from Her Majesty’s Treasury towards our new airbase. The funding will be used to complete the building, equipping and fitting out of our purpose-built Operations Centre and will bring together the aircrew, helicopter and charity team onto one site for the first time.
‘Having a purpose-built facility will enable us to have full control over our future. Our preferred location at Outmarsh Farm, Semington, will enable our helicopter to reach all parts of Wiltshire within 11 minutes, as it currently does from its base in Devizes.’
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