Air ambulance pilots new service

A NEW night-time lifesaving initiative is being rolled out by the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) and its sister organisation.

DLRAA, and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA), under the umbrella organisation The Air Ambulance Service (TAAS), currently only fly during daylight hours when the majority of emergency incidents occur.

However, TAAS is now piloting the introduction of a night car service using its emergency response land-based vehicle traditionally used to supplement its helicopter service during the day.

At night, helicopters are currently prevented from providing the service they provide during the day but changes in legislation are likely to allow this in the future. If successful, the pilot scheme could be extended. It will provide a valuable insight into when, and if, a night-time helicopter service is warranted.