2014 shows air ambulances vital
Mission statistics for both our services last year showed that The Air Ambulance Service (TAAS) is more vital than ever.
In total, 1,949 missions were carried out across both services. Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA) attended around 917 missions, while Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) attended 1032 missions.
Throughout 2014 the three most common accidents or emergencies the service attended were road traffic collisions, at 43%, medical emergencies, at 18%, and sports injuries at 17%.
Philippa Gibbs, critical care paramedic, said: “Our services attended more accidents and emergencies this year than for several years prior. We can’t be everywhere, but we strive to be available whenever we can be to help save lives and improve patient recovery.”
2014 also saw a big increase in the number of community volunteers fundraising and helping TAAS. In December, they reached their target of 300 active volunteers.
They have begun a New Years campaign for more volunteers, and aim to reach 500 by the end of 2015.
Jo Payne, national volunteering Mmnager, said: “We can’t do our vital work without the help of volunteers in our communities. We will be continuing our recruitment throughout 2015 to build our volunteer numbers and ensure we have supporter groups actively working in all key areas.”
Each mission DLRAA or WNAA go out on costs around £1,700. As the charity receives no government funding and relies entirely on public generosity, volunteers and donations are vital to keep their lifesaving services flying.