Firefighters celebrate 20 years of air ambulance
PUBLISHED: 15:00 25 September 2012
Firefighters have teamed up with the Devon Air Ambulance Trust to help mark the charity’s 20th anniversary.
The event was held at the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Headquarters in Clyst St George, and featured a demonstration of how the service and the air ambulance can work together. In a spectacular exercise, fire crews practised removing a ‘casualty’ from a road traffic accident, who was then airlifted away by the air ambulance.
A fire service spokesman said: “This event showcased the work of both services and demonstrated the benefits of working in partnership, providing a vital resource for our communities.”
The event also saw the fire service open its new Special Operations training facilities, which will teach firefighters how to deal with major incidents.
The spokesman said: “Special Operations form part of a national response to major emergencies involving chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear events, search and rescue, major flooding incidents and major transport incidents.”