Mercy crews who pilot the Derbyshire’s air ambulance have chalked up a milestone after flying their 4,000th mission.
The Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance Service, which covers the Belper area has recorded the 40,00th mission since it was first launched in Janaury, 2008.
Incidents it has attended in the last two months include a road traffic accident near Belper in which a 79-year-old was seriousl hurt and flown to the Queen Medical Centre in Nottinggham.
A spokesmand for the service said from accidents in rural areas of the Peak District, to road accidents on some of Britain’s major motorways, the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) was always on call to help provide emergency treatment and transport. It serves a population of more than 1.4 million.
It is based at East Midlands Airport, and pilot Shaun Tinkler Rose who flew that very first mission, also flew the 4,000th for the service (DLRAA).
Since the first rescue in 2008, DLRAA has flown to a variety of missions. Road traffic accidents are the most common call out, but equestrian accidents are also high accounting for 11 per cent of all missions and incidents of people falling the third most common call out at 10 per cent.
Being based near to the Peak District, DLRAA is often get called to climbing and walking accidents. There have also been some more unusual incidents, such as the two cases of decompression sickness.
Shaun said: “As a pilot for DLRAA, I really do never know what’s around the corner; where we’re going to be flying to next. I have landed in all sorts of places and attended many different accidents and injuries.
“I’ve learnt a great deal from seeing the paramedics and doctors in action, and I love knowing that my work is making a difference and potentially saving lives.”
The 4,000th mission was a car which had collided with a tractor just north of Peterborough.
At the end of 2011, DLRAA became part of The Air Ambulance Service, alongside Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA) and The Children’s Air Ambulance.
Shaun added: “Becoming part of The Air Ambulance Service means we can now provide collaborative HEMS at the scene of major accidents and over the summer months we stagger ourselves with our sister service WNAA.”