Devon Air Ambulance Trust
We’re proud to be serving Devon
The aim of Devon Air Ambulance is “to relieve sickness and injury in and around the county of Devon through provision of an emergency Air Ambulance Service.”
Every year the Charity needs to raise £5.5 million to run the service. We need to raise an additional £1m to build capital funds. This is so we can replace our aircraft after ten years’ service. We need to meet significant maintenance and repair costs and have ambitious plans to extend our operating hours.
The Charity is wholly independent. Through the Devon Air Ambulance Trading Company (DAATC) has its own Air Operating Certificate (AOC). This allows us to make more operational decisions without the need for a third party. We are therefore able to liaise directly with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).
Devon’s two Air Ambulances are state-of-the-art Eurocopter EC135s. They are both owned by the Charity, which has many advantages over leasing. Owning has realised savings of over £12,000 per month per aircraft since we bought them.
Working in partnership
We work closely with the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) who deploy the helicopters. Although our paramedic aircrew are employed by SWASFT they are seconded and the Charity makes a contribution . The Charity, together with the other Air Ambulance charities under the SWASFT umbrella fund a specialist HEMS desk (helicopter emergency medical services) with a team of six, based at the 999 control room. They monitor tasking and despatch the aircraft in order to optimise availability for the patients most in need.
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