Wiltshire Air Ambulance Charitable Trust is a registered charity providing an essential helicopter emergency medical service (HEMS) in Wiltshire and surrounding counties.
WAA began operating on 15 March 1990 and the helicopter and crew have flown over 16,000 missions. WAA shared a helicopter with Wiltshire Police for 24 years. It began operating as a stand-alone air ambulance using a Bell 429 helicopter on 9 January 2015.
The charity relies almost entirely on public donations to keep flying.
It costs the charity £3.25m a year to keep the air ambulance operational, including support functions. That’s £8,904 a day.
WAA is available up to 19 hours a day, 365 days a year and attends, on average, 3 incidents a day. These include road traffic collisions, cardiac arrests, strokes, child-related emergencies and horse riding accidents.
The aircraft has a top speed of 155 knots (178mph) and a cruising speed of 150 knots (173mph). It carries the registration G-WLTS and the call sign Helimed22.
WAA began carrying blood in August 2015 enabling its Critical Care Paramedics and Doctors to give pre-hospital blood transfusions to seriously ill and injured patients. We are one of three air ambulances in the south west to carry blood on board.
WAA has launched a capital appeal to raise the remaining £1.25 million needed for its new airbase at Outmarsh Farm, Semington, near Melksham. The new airbase will be custom-built for its helicopter, aircrew and charity team and enable our helicopter to reach anywhere in the county within 11 minutes, as it does now from its base in Devizes. For more information about the new airbase go to www.wiltshireairbaseappeal.co.uk
Wiltshire Air Ambulance is very proud to have the patronage of HRH The Duchess ofCornwall.