December 8 2013 Latest news:
Friday, October 25, 2013
A lifesaving charity has expanded its night flying capabilities by covering a larger area of the East of England.
The East Anglian Air Ambulance began flying during the hours of darkness earlier this year after receiving permission from the Civil Aviation Authority.
The charity, which usually flies within Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire at night, will now cover Essex and Hertfordshire between 5pm and 1am as the days get shorter.
Officials from the air ambulance said they now had enough pilots, paramedics and doctors to fill the night-time rota comfortably with the night shift operating from Cambridge.
As well as new training for the crew, the air ambulance was modified to accommodate working with night vision goggles and the cockpit lighting was altered.
Tim Page, chief executive of the air ambulance said: “We are absolutely delighted to have trained enough doctors, paramedics and pilots to provide a full night-time service across the whole of East Anglia. There has been so may things to consider and adapt to make this possible and we are enormously proud to have achieved this.”
If you would like to know more about the work of the East Anglian Air Ambulance, visit www.eaaa.org.uk or call 08450 669 999.
Readers are being urged to help raise £50,000 for the EDP’s LifeSaver appeal to pay for a £20,000 ventilator, two £5,000 blood analysers and a £20,000 ultrasound machine.
Cheques, made payable to the ‘East Anglian Air Ambulance’ can be sent to Eastern Daily Press Appeal, East Anglian Air Ambulance, Hangar E, Gambling Close, Norwich Airport, Norwich NR6 6EG.