Devon Air Ambulance to celebrate 25 years of lifesaving

PUBLISHED: 07:17 28 August 2017

Devon's two air ambulances.

Devon's two air ambulances.

©Michelle Lovegrove

A celebration to mark 25 years of the Devon Air Ambulance Trust is to be held near Topsham.

The event will take place at Darts Farm on September 9 between 9.30am and 4.30pm.

Entertainment will include a live emergency services demonstration, live music, pop-up shops, refreshments, a petting corner and children’s activities. The two air ambulances will also be there, subject to operational duties.

Charity CEO Helena Holt said: “It’s hard to believe the service is approaching 25 years of service. In that time we have flown over 24,500 lifesaving missions. In 1992, Devon’s first air ambulance flew into Exeter’s Cathedral Green, to be blessed by the Bishop of Exeter.

“Now, 25 years on, the five-days-a-week, seven-hours-a-day service using a Bolkow aircraft has been replaced with a seven-days-a-week, up to 17-hours-a-day service with two state-of-the-art EC135 helicopters, both owned and operated by the charity.”

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