To Date :
TOTAL; Over 3,790 To Date (Mid. 2003)
- Over 2,800 air ambu lance missions have been conducted by Air Corps Alouette helicopters.
- Over 750 air ambulance missions conducted by Air Corps Dauphin helicopters.
- Over 240 air ambulance and organ harvest missions conducted by Air Corps fixed wing aircraft.
Advantages of Helicopter Air Ambulance and
- Rapid transmission from scene to critical care facility.
- Accessibility to remote sites.
- Smooth travel over long distance beneficial to patient, especially in spinal cases.
- Ability to travel rapidly and smoothly over water high y advantageous in island medevac missions.
- Ability to divert rapidly to nearest hospital if patient condition deteriorates en route.
- Snow or ice on roads does not effect a helicopter!
- Irish Air Corps is a service provider.
- Future HEMS and emergency response must be customer driven i.e Dept of Health.
- Irish Air Corps and DoD currently procuring new utility helicopters with potential of providing service as is currently available.
- Expanding to HEMS is possible if sufficient numbers of helicopters are procured and if customer driven.
Why a joint HEMS service?
Military registration of the aircraft involved allows more flexibility than a similar civilian operation.
- Air Corps has 40 years experience of helicopter air ambulance operations in Ireland/U.K. day and night.
- Operating protocols for this type of service already in place in the form of long established operating procedures.
- Operating procedures and protocol as established between Air Corps/Dept. of Health easily expanded into service level agreement incorporating a HEMS operation.
- Fully trained and experienced pilots technicians and aircrew are already available as is a ready supply of military real estate from which to operate e.g. FINNER.