Nuclear Safety Project Manager, Anthony James Addington-Barker (March 2001), helping to raise some money for charity. The North West Air Ambulance is the helicopter emergency medical service that covers the North West England region, including the national lake district, and is a Registered Charity. I can’t believe this Photo was almost twenty years ago. #emergency #safety #airambulance #safetyfirst #charity
The charity has existed since 1999. It was established with a single aircraft based at Blackpool Airport and has since upgraded to three Eurocopter EC135 aircraft one based at Blackpool Airport the other two at City Airport Manchester (Barton).
The paramedics who provide the patient care for incidents attended by NWAA are provided on two year secondments by the North West Ambulance Service. The medics are extensively trained in areas such as helicopter safety, navigation and aviation law as well as advanced medical procedures beyond those performed by their land based colleagues.
In addition to the paramedics, there is always a pre-hospital emergency medicine trained Doctor on one helicopter from Manchester Barton base.
The pilots, along with the helicopters themselves are provided by outside contractor Babcock Mission Critical Services Onshore.
Control of the aircraft was, until recently, the responsibility of the Emergency Medical Dispatchers working in local North West Ambulance Service control rooms. However, there is now a central Air Desk at Ambulance Control in Broughton, Preston which prioritises requests for the air ambulance in an attempt to increase efficiency.