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Thieves Break into Air Ambulance Office; Take Hostages and Steal Donations

Thieves Break into Air Ambulance Office; Take Hostages and Steal Donations

Just a week after we reported on the fake air ambulance charity scammers operating in the UK, diverting life-saving funds away from real air ambulance charities like Midlands Air Ambulance, there is more unfortunate news. The Midlands Air Ambulance charity has now been the victim of a heartless heist. Yesterday morning, three armed, masked men burst into the offices of Midlands Air Ambulance and threatened employees with a taser gun, before making off with several money bags filled with thousands of GBP of donations. (1 GBP =$1.61 USD)

It happened just before 9 in the morning. The three men forced their way into the Midlands Air Ambulance base in Brierly Hill, UK and held twenty members of the staff hostage for approximately half an hour as they stole a large sum of cash from the air ambulance. The workers had their phones taken to prevent them from calling authorities. The intruders then stole a worker’s car to get away with the stolen donations.

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Air Ambulance Charity Scammers Nabbed, Released without Charges

Air Ambulance Charity Scammers Nabbed, Released without Charges

For over a year now, air ambulance operators in Britain have struggled to warn the public about a misleading company that claims it is collecting “desperately needed” funds on behalf of local air ambulance services.

The real air ambulance charities and supporters have tried everything in their power to warn people not to donate to the fake charity, but people have continued to give, thinking they are helping keep their much-needed local air ambulances flying. The company seems to be operating all over the country, and no air ambulance services have ever received any funds from them.

The fake charity Air Ambulance Service (AAS), also operating as Air Ambulance Service Trading Company Ltd., misleads well-meaning people by distributing leaflets and collection bags door-to-door. Donators are instructed to leave their unwanted “clean, good quality, reusable” clothing, jewelry, shoes, handbags, belts, and mobile phones in the collection bags for pickup on specified days.

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Investigators Say Indian Air Ambulance Crashed After Hitting Wall of Air

Investigators Say Indian Air Ambulance Crashed After Hitting Wall of Air

It has been a bad year for India’s burgeoning aviation industry. Between April 19th and May 25th, the country suffered 5 air crashes in which a total of 37 people have tragically lost their lives.A commander in India’s aviation ministry noted that while a single large plane crash could have meant a much higher number of casualties – such as the crash of an Indian 737 a year ago that resulted in 158 people perishing – the regularity of aircraft crashes in India over the last month is “alarming.”

The alarm has caused the aviation industry to call for a strengthening of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, the regulatory mechanism that India has recently made plans to bolster to avoid downgrading by the U.S. FAA. According to the India Times, the DGCA is in such weak form that unless a strong civil aviation authority takes its place soon, there’s not much hope for the situation.

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CWRU Suggests Situational Rotor-Wing Training in Flight Nursing

CWRU Suggests Situational Rotor-Wing Training in Flight Nursing

When the worst happens, the quickest way for a patient to receive care at a nearby healthcare facility may be a swift ride from a rotary wing air ambulance – a medical chopper. According to a new air medical study article published by Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, the safest way for a patient to travel by helicopter is with a well-trained acute care flight nurse with experience working in the noisy, extreme environment of a medical helicopter.

Yet despite the fact that acute care flight nurses routinely care for some of the most seriously ill patients, in some of the most difficult care environments, there has yet to be a clear national consensus on the minimum training required for flight nurses just starting out.

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Teen Brings Teen Back to Life while Air Ambulance Rushes to Scene

Teen Brings Teen Back to Life while Air Ambulance Rushes to Scene

According to a report from The Argus this morning, an 18-year-old teenager saved the life of a 17-year-old who had stopped breathing after suffering a severe impact to the chest. The heroic 18-year-old was able to bring the injured teen “back to life” while an air ambulance rushed to the scene.

It happened in Bexhill, a town outside London on the south-east coast of England. The boys were playing cricket, a sport similar to American baseball, when a sudden injury caught everyone off-guard.

David T., 17, was reportedly batting for his team when a speeding ball struck him just under his ribs. He staggered backwards and fell to the floor. His teammates watched the scene in horror as David soon ceased breathing, and appeared to be dead.

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