a special fly-in for them would be ok but how about doing a wings and wheels event. ie more attractive to the general public and have donations boxes (at the gate.) ie not an entry charge and all that implies.
Reliability is not the only factor here. Having numerous operations here in the states, weather...go...no go decisions. Landing zone availability. training for rescue crews on the ground to find suitable LZ's Its a huge operation.....best of luck with it....
I think the Ais Corps are the people to do it...they have the aircraft to put into operation. I'm sure they can spare one ship. Police departments do it here and it helps fund their operation.
The UK model works on charity donations to keep aircraft operating. The area covered by a single aircraft in the UK has a donating population many times that of this entire island.
A single aircraft wont cover the country. OK it needs time to build up but do you think people north of galway or west of clonmel will put hand in pocket for an aircraft based in the south west that is of no use to them? Thats almost 2/3 of your donating public gone. If the critical mass of donations were available this service would be up and running a long time ago.
As for crews and equipment the current SAR crews are training to Paramedic standard and have all the equipment available that would be on a HEMS aircraft. Remember they have to treat casualties for hours at a time on long range jobs not just quick hops to hospital.
As for getting into small areas thats what a winch is for. A SAR equipped aircraft, ICG or IAC, can do everything a HEMS aircraft can do but not vice versa.
Finally, etenders released expressions of interest for 2012 SAR tender. This is to include maritime rescue AND HEMS capability.
The locations they picked for future use are not the best either. Going across the border is legally pretty hard on short notice. The probably should think this over, and talk to helicopter pilots that fly in this Country (IHOP springs to mind)
I welcome the idea, it has been tried before however, and it will be hard to implement. I will attend a meeting and donate.
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It will cover a fair bit of the island
Our Area of coverage will include:
Antrim, Armagh, Belfast. Cavan, Donegal, Down , Dublin, Fermanagh, Galway, L'Derry, Leitrim, Louth, Longford, Meath, Monaghan, Roscommon, Sligo, Tyrone, Westmeath, and not forgetting Rathlin Island and the Isle Of Man.
One word : Disappointing.
The amount of publicity to be garnered from a primetime slot on national radio is extraordinary, yet the spokesman for the air ambulance sounded like he was back stage at a feis !
I’m not knocking the idea as I think its about time that this country has a dedicated air ambulance rather than relying on the lads at Baldonnell to finish there tae, find the keys and start the bus, I just feel that the interview could have been handled a bit better.
Anyway best of luck to the lads it’s a great idea and they need all the support that they can get.
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