Budleigh’s community helipad called into action for first time
PUBLISHED: 14:40 20 March 2017 | UPDATED: 15:18 20 March 2017
Budleigh Salterton’s community helipad was called into action for the first time on Friday (March 17).
The emergency services were called out at around 10.25pm after reports of a man with a head injury.
An ambulance attended and the Devon Air Ambulance landed on Budleigh Salterton Football Club’s pitch, which was recently designated a community landing site.
Football club secretary Keith Wood said: “At approximately 10.40pm the lights burst in action followed by the purring of the rota blades of the helicopter as the emergency services machine landed; the paramedics then ran to the patient in the town.”
The man was taken to Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital by road ambulance for treatment on a head injury.
A spokesman for the football club said: “The outlay for the council and the permission granted by the football club has been justified and worthwhile.
“You can’t put a value on what the air ambulance is worth to the community and we will support it as long as we can.”