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MISSION CRITICAL: Festive Season 24th Dec – 1st Jan

Our crews work 365 days a year, and the Christmas season is no exception. From Christmas Eve to New Year’s Day, both services have been out working hard to provide emergency medical care to anyone who needs them. Here’s a snapshot of what they’ve been up to.

Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) and Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA) attended a total of 28 incidents throughout the festive week attending on average four incidents every day.

50% of the incidents our services were called to missions related to medical emergencies, ranging from cardiac arrests to injuries as a result of burns. This included a patient who was involved in a house fire on Christmas Day.

Road traffic collisions also made up a significant number of the rescue missions our crew flew to, at 32% of the total number of calls.

WNAA travelled to the aid of a young girl who had fallen from a tree on Boxing Day, with 10% of all callouts being of a similar nature.

Both services attended three rescue missions on Christmas day, making it the busiest day for our team overall.

With the nights drawn in and the cold, icy weather conditions throughout the winter holiday period conditions on the roads can be particularly hazardous. On 30th December two road traffic collisions were attended. One by DLRAA, who flew to a multiple vehicle collision on the A38 and the other in happened in Southam, Warwickshire which WNAA went to.

Our crews work every day, including holidays, so, if the worst does happen, they can be there to help those that need them.

This New Year we are recruiting for new volunteers to join our strong volunteering team. If you think you’ve got what it takes to help your local Air Ambulance continue to save lives, please get in touch here. Alternatively, you can call 08454 130999 and talk to us direct.


The Air Ambulance Service does not receive any government funding. Our lifesaving missions are fuelled by your donations.

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