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Midlands flying medics' new chopper aims for the sky at night
9:00am Sunday 3rd November 2013 in Local
FLYING medics could be taking to the skies at night in a new helicopter for Midlands Air Ambulance.
The charity has bought a £4.5m Eurocopter EC135T2e chopper which will be kitted out to fly during the hours of darkness.
The new machine, which will be based at RAF Cosford, is currently under construction at manufacturer Eurocopter's factory in Munich, Germany, and is expected to enter service in March 2014.
Brendan Connor, chairman for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, said: “As part of our objective to reinvest charitable donations into operations and extending pre-hospital patient care, we made the decision to purchase our own helicopter.
“The new helicopter has been entirely funded through public donations, demonstrating the incredible support our vital life saving service receives from local midlands’ communities and businesses, which we are extremely grateful for.”
The service currently leases three helicopters which can only operate during the day and introducing night flying will increase costs.
Midlands Air Ambulance Charity will be launching a public appeal in the new year to help raise the extra funds required.
Mr Connor said: “The new aircraft will undoubtedly help us to save more lives as it presents us with an opportunity to expand our incredible service and deliver the best possible patient care to those we airlift.
"But we cannot afford to rest on our laurels and although this is a milestone achievement in our 22 years of service, we need the support from the local communities we serve now, more than ever.”
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